The Federal Government of Nigeria has scrapped the National Sports Commission. The decision of the government is sequel to the merger of the sports commission and the youth development ministry to form a single ministry of youth and sports in line with the recommendations of the presidential committee on merger of ministries, departments and agencies of government.
This puts to rest the decade long discourse for the commission to be or not to be as the effective organ for the running of sports in the country.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, confirmed the scrapping on Wednesday while receiving the Acting Director-General, Dr. Vincent Akpotaire on a courtesy call to his office.
The minister said “the establishment of the Commission and the office of the Director-General was by the pronouncements of the President. As such, by its merger with the Ministry of Youth, the Commission and the office of the Director-General were equally annulled by the pronouncements of the President.”
Consequent upon this development, the former Director General of the Sports Commission, Mr. Al-Hassan Yakmut has been redeployed to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and had his status reduced from Director General to Director.
Yakmut as DG of the NSC led the Nigeria contingent to the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville where Nigeria finished second against all odds. Reputed as a complete sports administration professional, he was in the entourage of the minister of sports to inspect facilities for Team Nigeria ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games when the scrapping of the commission, his demotion to director and redeployment to the Niger Delta ministry was announced by the Civil Service Commission.
Both Dalung and Yakmut hail from Plateau State in North Central Nigeria and the removal of Yakmut has been perceived in some quarters as a balancing act with regards to the stipulations of federal character in appointments.