Sports Minister Will Provide IMC With Terms Of Reference
Sunday Dare, the Minister of sports, has formed the Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), and he would soon reveal its terms of reference and job description.
Shehu Dikko, a former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), headed the League Management Company (LMC), which Dare shut down in favor of the IMC. He asserted that the choice was the government’s last-ditch effort to save the national football team.
It was reported that yesterday that one of the tasks assigned to the Gbenga Elegbeleye-led IMC tomorrow is to determine how much money Shehu Dikko and his group received from LMC over the course of the previous seven years and how it was used, as well as to make an inventory of the League’s assets and liabilities.
Observers claim that Dare’s duty as a Sports Minister is to advise the NFF on how to conduct its affairs, not to “superimpose” his opinion on them. Opinions on Dare’s action have been divided.
On the other hand, some have backed Dare’s efforts to stop the “rot” that has taken place in the football community during the past seven years.
Recently, the Sports Minister said that the NFF has received more than N16 billion since President Muhammadu Buhari took office.
Remember how the LMC’s Abuja office was sealed up by agents of the Nigerian Police Force.
The “illegal” LMC led by Dikko will be replaced by the IMC, which Dare established approximately two weeks ago. Prior to then, it was claimed that the NFF had removed the LMC operating license at the Sports Ministry’s request.
Paul Bassey, a seasoned journalist and football administrator, is the vice chairman of the new IMC, which is led by Gbenga Elegbeleye, a former director general in the ministry.
Davidson Owumi, a former striker for the Super Eagles and Enugu Rangers, is in charge of operations. Olumide Bamiduro serves as secretary.
Kunle Soname, Daniel Amokachi, Calvin Emeka Onwuka, Aliyu Adamu, a representative of the Nigeria Football Federation, a representative of the Nigeria Police Force, and club owners chairman, Barrister Danladi Ibrahim, are other IMC members.