AFN DECLARES AUTONOMY FROM SPORTS MINISTRY
-Signs $2.75m deal with PUMA
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has declared its autonomy from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
The decision was taken on Wednesday December 4, 2019 at the Extra-Ordinary Congress of the Federation held at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu Anambra State.
In a communique signed by Saidu A. Suleman Chairman, Resolutions Drafting Committee, Shehu Adamu Kagara Member, Resolutions Drafting Committee and the Secretary of the Drafting Committee Emmanuel Okonkwo.
The AFN stated that in line with International best practices and in conformity with the Statutes of the World Athletics WA and the Confederation of African Athletics CAA, the board will immediately proceed to register the Federation with the relevant agencies.
This followed series of letters from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in the removal of Mr Sunday Omotayo Adeleye as the elected Athletes Representative on the board and Technical Director of the Federation. His removal was rejected in its entirety as it contravened the provisions of the constitution of AFN, CAA and WA.
Other resolutions :
Congress stated that the body known as Athletes Union of Nigeria was not recognized by the AFN, the CAA or the WA.
Announced the relocation of the federation’s headquarters from the MKO Abiola Stadium Abuja to a befitting office in Abuja.
Approved the appointment of a retired ministry staff Mr Siminilayi Young Pepple as Director-General of the federation to replace the Secretary General and also appointed Irikefe Kingsley Ogbogbo Esq. as the Legal Adviser to the AFN as well as external Auditors.
Approved and announced a $2.75m deal negotiated by the AFN President with sports manufacturing giants PUMA which will last from 2019-2022.
Approved the suspension of 6 erring members of the board including Hon. Olamide George, Hon Brown Ebewele, Gabriel Okon, Ms Rosa Collins, Rtd DIG Sani Mohammed and Fidelis Gadzama for two calendar years with effect from Dec 4, 2019 for anti- Federation, gross violation of the provisions of the federation’s constitution.