Act to curb government interference in sport
From AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE bill to enact the Nigeria Football Federation Act has passed second reading in the Senate amid hopes this would enhance the administration of the sport in the country.
The bill seeks to repeal the Nigerian Football Association Act.
Leading the debate, sponsor of the bill, Obinna Ogba, said the bill would allow the administration of football in the country follow the best global practices.
He added it will not attract additional cost to the government but ensure there is adequate funding of football by attracting more investors.
When Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put the matter into vote, senators unanimously voted in its favour.
Saraki said it was important to improve management, improve funding and reduce government interference in football.
“This will ensure the development of the sport in the country,” Saraki said.
Government has previously been interfering in the running of football much to the incessant spats with administrators and coaches.
The bill has been referred to Senate Committee on Sport and Social Development to report back in four weeks.
– CAJ News
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