FOUR years after 10 sports federations were concessioned to stakeholders, the Federal Government has dumped the idea, which is generally believed to have failed to deliver the expected dividends.
Some stakeholders were granted the right to administer the sports’ federations by the National Sports Commission (NSC), as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, for a renewable period of four years effective 2009. Some of the sports federation that were concessioned are golf, cycling, hockey, kickboxing, cycling, rugby, scrabble, Kungfu and swimming
At a meeting of the Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Bolaji Abdullahi, with presidents of the concessioned sports federations in Abuja Tuesday, it was resolved that the development, which is not in tandem with international best practices be dropped forthwith.
At the meeting, which the Director General of the NSC and directors were in attendance, elections into the affected sports’ federations were fixed for next month.
Amongst other things, the PPP scheme was to allow some of the national sports associations, who were comatose, to be funded and administered by private hands, who had the technical and monetary capacity to do so, and in the process cause a revolution at the grassroots level.
But in the considered opinion of many, this objective has remained forlorn, especially in the area of grassroots development. This much was ventilated at yesterday’s meeting where just about two federations were thought to have lived above board in that regards.
A source that attended the meeting, reliably informed The Guardian that, “majority of the concessioned sports were awarded very low marks when it comes to their performances over the period under review. Therefore, it was unanimously agreed that the concessioning of sports federations be done away with in the interest of sports development.
“We must now go the way of the rest of the world by democratically electing people we want to saddle with the development of our sports. We will also gain the recognition of international sporting federations, who hitherto did not recognise the concessioning arrangement.”
Several calls to the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Tunde Popoola, who was at the meeting, were not picked and he did not revert afterwards.