The Ministry of Youth & Sports Development has announced the dissolution of the boards of all National Sport Federations.
The minister in charge of the ministry, Solomon Dalung, who made the announcement on Friday in Abuja, also directed all secretaries to take charge of their various federations during the election process.
The dissolution, which is one of the milestones of the existing ‘state of emergency’ in the sector in the country, may not be unconnected with certain moves which seek to undermine the electoral process by federations, some of which have started seeking a six-month tenure extension.
“In line with the Olympic Charter, all National Sports Federations are to serve for a period of four years. The federations were inaugurated in May 2013 and, by tradition, federations are dissolved after the Olympics. Therefore, their tenure has now come to an end.
“To ensure a level playing ground and free-and-fair elections, where all shall be given equal opportunities to realise their ambition to contest the elections, the national sports federations are hereby dissolved from today, May 5, 2017.
“Secretaries are to take charge and run the affairs of their various federations during the process of the elections.”
The election date has also been extended to June 13, 2017 while every other program for the electoral process will be adjusted to fit into the new election date. Further announcement on the new time table will be released in due course.
“We shall make amendments and moderations of the transition programme as we progress and if the occasion demands. However, the election is the only thing that is sacrosanct,” Dalung said.