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Chairman Senate Sports Committee, Obinna Ogba Decries Scrapping of NSC

Chairman of Senate Committee on Sports, Obinna Ogba, has decried as illegal the recent decision to scrap the National Sports Commission (NSC) which is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Indication that the NSC has been effectively scrapped followed last week’s redeployment of its Director General, Malam Alhassan Yakmut to the Nigeria Delta Ministry as DG special duties. The Ministry of Youth and Sport now has a Permanent Secretary, Christian Ohaa as the chief accounting officer.

Senator Ogba flayed the scrapping which he said happened because people at the helms of sports administration did not understand the nitty-gritty of sports.

“Without mincing words, I feel very much disappointed about the scrapping of NSC. This is what you get when those who don’t know the ingredient of sports are in the affairs of sports. Its scrapping will pull Nigeria sports backward. It should be allowed to thrive as a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sport. There is nothing wrong about it,” Ogba insisted.

He added that the Senate Committee on Sports still regarded the emerging development as hearsay given that it had not been informed neither was there any written document to that effect.

“In fact, we still have a bill legalizing the NSC which we are still working on. When that bill is passed, NSC will come to life again. The bill is not dead. The moment it is signed into law, there is nothing any one can do about it,” concludes the former NFF board member.



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