Towards championing accountability in the country, the Eagle –Eye Transparency Initiative (ETI) has called for the sack of the sports minister, Sunday Dare’s , Special Adviser on Sports Mary Onyali-Omagbemi over anti-doping scandal.
Mary Onyali-Omagbemi , who was appointed by the Sunday Dare as Special Adviser on Sports last month was earlier banned for three month in 1996 for the violation of code of ethics of the World AntI-doping Agency (WADA) after she tested positive to a banned substance known as ‘Ephedrine’.
In a petition signed by the ETI Director Public Petition, Cecella N. Godwin, stated that “the appointment of Mary Onyali-Omagbemi as the adviser to the minister of sports is a violation of code of ethics of the World AntI-doping Agency (WADA), Integrity Unit of the World Athletics, Confederation of Africa Athletic (CAA) which paints Nigeria in bad light before the international sporting community.
“Kindly be informed that the said Mary Onyali-Omagbemi is a drug cheat who tested positive to a banned substance known as ephedrine and was banned from all sports related activities both locally and internally and till date the conviction has not been reversed, Yet you deemed it necessary to appoint her to a very sensitive position in Nigeria sports administration as your special adviser”
The petition further reads “Honorable minister please be informed that this action of your highly paints Nigeria in a bad light and show bad example to upcoming and current athletes in view of your vision to sanitize sports “
“I hereby request that you relive her of her post as your special adviser so as to serve as a deterrent to all athletes to stay away from violating anti-doping regulation”.
“I look forward to your speedy action in this regard so as to save Nigeria of the impending disgrace to keeping Mary Onyali Omagbemi as your special adviser” she concluded.
It would be recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) led by President Muhammed Buhari has approved the bill for the domestication of the international convention against doping in sports.
The UNESCO convention against Doping in sports was ratified by Nigeria in 2005, with the approval by FEC, the drafted bill has been sent to the National Assembly for the passage into law.