Conference of Nigerian Sports Federations(CNSF) has given the sports minister, Sunday Dare, 48-hours ultimatum to reverse the dissolution of country’s sports federation or to expect protests and legal actions.
This is coming on the back heel of the dissolution of 31 sports federation by the sports minister last Friday just two months away before the expiration of the current boards.
The representative of the Conference of Nigerian Sports Federations, Frederick Abah, while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday condemned and rejected the establishment of caretaker committees while calling on the sports minister not to jeopardizing the future of the youths especially Nigeria’s sportsmen and women.
“The Board members of the 31 Sports Federations hereby give the Minister a 48 hour- ultimatum within which he is to rescind and reverse all unlawful pronouncements he made over the dissolution of duly appointed Board members of Sports Federations or face appropriate reactions from the Federations”.
“We totally rejected the arbitrary and untimely dissolution of the Boards of duly and democratically elected Federations we also condemned and rejected the establishment of caretaker committees over duly and democratically elected sports Federations whose tenures were yet to expire”.
“The members unequivocally stated that on no account will the Caretaker Committees be recognized by the International Bodies of the various Sports Federations in place of the duly elected Boards”
In the same vein, sports stakeholder, Ahmed Gara Gombe has alleged the lust for power and greed to siphon Olympic funds is responsible for the dissolution carried out by the minister.
He further said the federations will go on protest and take legal actions if the 48-hour ultimatum is not met by the minister.
“ Board elections were held on June 13, 2017 and the inauguration into office was done on July 10, 2017 for a 4-year tenure. The tenure will therefore expire on July 10, 2021 and not April 30, 2021 when the Federations were dissolved”.