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Buhari may scrap Sports Ministry

Posted: Apr 27, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ezimakor Snr Correspondent Abuja

There are indications that the President-elect, Mohammed Buhari, will not appoint a minister  for sports when he  picks his cabinet in a fortnight.

Sources close to him are of the view that the new government is not keen on following the statusquo ante, preferring instead to allow whoever becomes the Director General of National Sports Commission to relate directly with the presidency.

They posited that the appointment of Minister and Chairman NSC have not added value to sports development in the country at least in the last 10 years, and pointed to the ministers appointed to head sports as cog  in the wheel of progress.

One of the technocrats who wished not to be named said experience of the last decade was not what they would want to sustain, noting that most of the ministers had plans other than sports development.

He pointed to the outgoing minister, Tammy Danagogo, as the worst in the line of ministers that came to the NSC without any idea of what they want to leave as legacy.

“When you appoint somebody who knows next to nothing, what you get is a the kind of crisis playing out now.

Their interest has nothing to do with developing the sector,” the source said.

“Now we don’t know if the National Sports Festival will hold at all. We competed at the Commonwealth Games without official kits. It was that bad,” said the source.

He added that they have advised the incoming government to let the NSC be as doing so would help the Commission focus strictly on sports development instead of using limited funds ho cater for needs of ministers.