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Crisis Of Confidence Rocks NGF

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 1:37 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Steve Oma-Ofozor, Lagos


The Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) is enmeshed in a crisis of confidence as the President, Dr. Peter Deshi, is being accused of high handedness.

He is also being accused of running the federation unilaterally, as other board members claimed that they’ve been sidelined.

Some of the board members, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that “all is not well with the NGF,” and called on stakeholders to take urgent steps aimed at nipping the crisis in the bud.



The major issue said to be generating worries among the board members is the failure of the president to call meetings that would allow for probe of his stewardship.

“The President does not call meetings. He is carrying on as if the NGF is a private property. The board has a mandate to develop the game in Nigeria and it can only do so if the board meets regularly to fashion policies that will develop the game.

“Sadly, this is not the case since the board was elected for almost two years now. Why were we elected, is it for political gain or to develop the game,” queried a board member.

However, in a phone interview, Dr. Deshi said on Tuesday that lack of funds had hampered the federation programmes, but assured that the situation “is under control.”

According to him, “The problem is lack of funds. But, efforts are on course to cushion the effects.”

On the possibilities of getting funds for the federation, he said, “We are working on how National Sports Commission (NSC) will release funds for us. Thank God we have somebody, a golfer, who is there to protect our interest.”

On the issue of meetings, he said, “We hold our meetings on quarterly basis, there was one before the elections and we hope to hold another soon when fund is available to discuss some of the nagging issues.”

The board, which was inaugurated in November, 2013 has held only three meetings out of possible seven.