By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
Crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), may soon become a thing of the past following the inauguration of a 6-man Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee to ensure a peaceful resolution of the lingering crisis.
The Committee which was set up following a decision taken at the Stakeholders Roundtable on Governance Challenges of the NFF held on July 24, 2018 by Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports urged the warring groups to set aside personal interest.
The Minister noted the urgent need to end the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation to ensure the desired growth and development of football in the country.
His words, “Unless we put aside our parochial interests and differences and work towards the common goal of combating the evil plaguing Nigerian football, it will continue its free fall. This, any responsible government will not allow, hence the need for this committee of distinguished elders.”
Barrister Dalung also charged the members “to identify the causes of the current leadership crisis in the NFF, evaluate the dimensions of the leadership crisis and the contribution of actors to the issue, invite both boards of the two factions to the reconciliation table with a view to addressing their concerns towards achieving a sustainable and win-win solution to the crisis and make recommendations to ensure smooth leadership succession without adversely affecting the development and management of football in Nigeria.”
The Committee which was given two weeks to submit its report has a former NFA President Col Abdulmumini Aminu as its Chairman.
Other members are former Presidents Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima and Anthony Kojo Williams, Prof. Onye Gyd- Wado, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, and Mr Bolaji Ojo-Oba.
A Secretariat to provide proper documentation of all activities of the Committee comprises Mr Danjuma Muhammed Ag. Dir, Legal Services, Stanley Okebugwu and Reuben Tiyatiye.