Board members of dissolved Federations ask minister to reverse decision within 48 hours or face legal action

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Members of the resolved 30 National Sports Federations have kicked against their suspension, asking the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, to reverse the decision within 48 hours or face legal action.
The minister had last week, announced the dissolution of board members of the Federations. A statement signed by spokesperson of the aggrieved group, Frederick Abah of the Nigeria Judo Federation, warned that that they will mobilise Nigerians to ground the sports ministry to a halt if the minister fails to reverse the his decision.
The group urged the minister to desist from jeopardising the future of the country’s youths, especially sportsmen and women.
Other who signed to be part of the action include aquatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, cricket, cycling, darts, deaf sports, golf, gymnastics and handball.
Others are hockey, judo, karate, kickboxing, Wushu, rowing, canoeing and yatching, rugby, scrabble, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, traditional sports, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
The statement said, “Board members of the 30 sports federations met in Abuja on Tuesday and totally rejected the arbitrary and untimely dissolution of the boards of duly and democratically elected federations.
“The board members of the 30 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 reaction from the federations.
“We will not only ground the ministry with protests, but also institute legal action against the minister. The minister and the ministry is urged to desist from jeopardising the future of our youths, especially Nigeria’s sportsmen and women, by putting the country at risk of being banned from participating at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.
“The board members also condemn and reject 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 recognised by the international bodies of the various sports federations in place of the duly elected boards.
“The federations noted that the Minister of Youth and Sports and the ministry lied when they claimed that the tenures of the boards have expired.
“Board elections were held on June 13, 2017 and the inauguration into office was done on July 10, 2017 for a four-year tenure. The tenure will therefore expire on July 10, 2021 and not April 30, 2021, when the federations were dissolved.
“Board members wish to inform the public that no provision in the Code of Governance empowers the minister to dissolve boards of duly and democratically elected federations and no legislation, law, regulation or instrument empowers the minister or the ministry to set up caretaker committees.
“The board members restate that sports caretaker committees can never be allowed to replace duly elected boards whose tenures are yet to expire.”
However, the minister has defended his action the tenure of the board members has expired.
Speaking at the inauguration of the newly constituted caretaker committees of the Federations in Abuja on Tuesday, Dare said it had become necessary to dissolve the committees after the expiration of their tenures and in views of the fact that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was fast approaching.
He said the caretaker committees were specially selected to reflect the nation’s aspirations towards podium appearances at the Tokyo Olympics.
According to the minister, “The dissolution became necessary because of the expiration of their tenures.
“It is also important because of the Tokyo Olympics which is less than 90 days away and which not only requires that all hands are on deck but also because continuity is necessary to ensure preparations for the Games are not hampered in any way.
“I want to warn that we will not hesitate to remove any caretaker committee of any of the federations that work at cross purposes with our aspirations.”

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