(Opinion) House Committee on sports, the NFF and the Sports Ministry; a partnership Nigeria football desperately yearn

(Opinion) House Committee on sports, the NFF and the Sports Ministry; a partnership Nigeria football desperately yearn
August 24 17:53 2023 Print This Article

It is not often seen that the NFF, her Supervisory body , the Sports Ministry and the House Committee on Sports are on the same page and this has been a major setback in the growth of Nigeria Football over the years.

Nigeria as one of the World’s most naturally talented footballing  Countries has the capacity to be a leading light when it comes to Football development.

But this has been a far cry because of perpetual internal wrangling among the various institutions responsible for the Country’s Football.

In fact some persons   feed on this very often for their own selfish agenda at the expense of genuine growth in the football ecosystem.

But there is always a time for something old to stop and something new to start to engineer a different result.

As a Country it is a new Government in Power expected to be at the helms for the next four years and for Nigeria to fully maximise all that is coming within the next four  years,  cordial relationship is not negotiable between the NFF , the Sports Ministry and  two Committees of Sports in the National Assembly.

The Nigeria Football Federation led by Ibrahim Gusau has lots of barriers to break to be able to satisfy the yearnings of an average football fan on the street.

Top on the list of those barriers are lack of adequate funding and  inadequate Sponsorship.

These two barriers are very key to anything the NFF wants to achieve and the Football House has struggled to live up to expectations over the years because of this.

Hence the need for a good partnership to exist amongst the football institutions.

As it is normal in every family there will be times when there will be issues  but the ability to iron them out amicably without flexing ego is what will make the difference.

All the various Sporting institutions  have their well stated functions without ambiguity and who says they all cannot carry out these roles without unnecessary frictions and Media war.

The Sports Ministry can perform its supervisory role on the NFF and still be a good partner , the same way the National Assembly through both the  House Committee on Sports and Senate Committee on Sports can adequately undertake it’s oversight functions on both the Ministry and the NFF without cold war.

The Chairman House committee on sports Honourable Ekene Adams who is an astute football Administrator himself has stated unequivocally that he is determined to partner both the NFF and the Sports Ministry to revamp Nigeria Football.

And this has been evident so far with its recent activities where it organised a peace parley with the NFF to resolve some of its lingering crises.

The House Committee on Sports has also  showed it’s readiness to partner the Sports Ministry and the Chairman recently showed this by being one of the first to congratulate the new Sports Minister Senator John Enoh.


Writing by Micheal Obasi, member of the House Committee on Sports media team, and a sports presenter with Hot FM, 98.3fm

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