February 4, 2023

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Jalingo 2022: Stakeholders clamour for change in NOC management

From proper: President of Nigeria Olympics Committe Engr. Habu Gumel receiving Queens Baton Relay from Queens delegate for onward handover to Minister of Youth and Sports activities improvement Sunday Dare who will then handover to President Muhammadu Buhari

Forward of the elective congress of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC slated for December 15, 2022, in Jalingo, Taraba State, some involved stakeholders have started clamouring for a transformational change within the management of the NOC.

Most of the stakeholders are involved concerning the comatose state of the NOC and strongly need a optimistic and proactive management for the physique, whereas the incumbent President Engr. Habu Gumel has not formally declared his intentions to hunt reelection for a fifth tenure.

Gumel was first elected as NOC president in 2002 and led till 2012. He made a return as president in 2014 and nonetheless runs the affairs of the NOC, until date. 

The stakeholders are miffed that Gumel has no voting powers within the Worldwide Olympic Committee, as he’s 74 years outdated, method past the required age. Presently, he’s a honourary member of the IOC, opposite to the wants of the NOC and Nigerian sports activities. 

In accordance with the stakeholders, many who craved anonymity, previously 8 years of his presidency, Nigeria has remained a docile member of the IOC. One of many main issues of the stakeholders, is that Gumel would possibly make a final ditch and determined makes an attempt to retain his place or throw his assist behind any of his co-travellers. 

Fashionable sports activities activist and nationwide coordinator of Buddies of Nigeria Sports activities, Chief Dipreiye Thompson, was fast to notice that, “Gumel’s management of the NOC, has introduced nothing however retrogression and issues to sports activities federations in Nigeria”.

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