Buhari Administration: Sports May Not Have Minister


Sports will be one of the ministries to be scrapped under the new administration of General Muhammadu Buhari. This is considering the report of a committee saddled with the task of reducing the number of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to a manageable size ahead of the inauguration of the government on 29th May.

If the Buhari government accepts the recommendations of the Oronsanye committee report which will be the fulcrum of the new structure, that means leaner and probably harder times awaits the NFF while sports will get a more proactive structure.

For instance, the Oronsanye report had recommended to the FG that, “the enabling law of the NFA be amended to reflect the directive of FIFA that the organisation should be renamed a ‘federation.” This will stop further debate on the current controversial status of the organisation, and that government stops further funding of the NFA/NFF in accordance with FIFA’s statutes.”

A separate document which is in alignment with the Oronsanye report had suggested that “there should not be a minister for sports while the Ministry for sports is scrapped. Rather, fix the law setting up the NSC with parliament, reinforce their income-earning modules as it is done in other parts of the world which can fetch an excess of N3billion per annum.”

Several other recommendations of the panel which sounded classified and upbeat will, if accepted by the Federal Government, empower the office of the Director General but will have to deliver about 45,000 employment spaces envisaged can be gotten using sports.” An international consultant put together the 31-page slide power point presentation.

The Presidential Committee comprised of seven members: Chief Oronsanye (Chairman), Japh C. T. Nwosu, Rabiu D. Abubakar, Nimaa Salman-Mann (mni), Hamza A. Tahir (mni), Adetunji Adesunkanmi and Umar A. Mohammed as members.

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