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Sacked Sports Federation Board Members Tackle Dare Over Dissolution, Mull Legal Action



Sunday Dare

The recent dissolution of the Sports Federations by the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare has generated some level of discord from the various groups affected by the decision.

Recall that on April 30, Dare announced the dissolution of the boards of 31 National Olympic Sports Federations few weeks before the commencement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games scheduled to hold this summer. A few of the affected members who spoke with Thepledge stated that such action will affect the chances of Team Nigeria to win medals at the Olympic Games.

The minister, via a press statement, explained that the move is in line with the Olympic Charter, which stipulates a four-year tenure for all Sports Federations Boards.

The minister said having consulted with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), the ministry has concluded to organize elections into the Federations using the Code of Governance which is the administrative machinery that regulates the governance of Sports Federations in Nigeria. The code is the administrative machinery that regulates the governance of sports federations in Nigeria.

It was initially thought that both parties, that is, the Sports minister and other sports federations have collectively agreed to Dare’s announcement, in order to allow peace reign. The board members restated that sports caretaker committees can never be allowed to replace duly elected boards whose tenures are yet to expire.

But the dissolution of the boards seems not to have gone down well with some board members, who claimed that their tenure had not expired.

“Our tenure has not expired as claimed by the sports minister, a board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said.

“I agree that election into the various boards was conducted in June 2017, but our inauguration took place in July. You don’t celebrate the birthday of a child based on the number of days he stayed in his mother’s womb, but the day he was born. I don’t know how the sports minister arrived at that calculation.

“We became board members on the day we were inaugurated into the various boards. And we are not even in the month of June yet, not to talk of July. What I am saying is that our tenure as board members has not expired. Don’t be surprised to see some people heading to court to challenge this decision. I don’t know why he is in a hurry. And this may affect Team Nigeria chances of winning medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This is not what Nigerians crave for and I hope they understand the implications of their decision.”

“What will happen to the recent order by the World Athletics (WA) that the AFN must hold a congress and conduct the election on or before June 14? There are many questions arising from this step taken by the sports minister.”

Some other members of the Federation queried the decision of the Sports Minister as they claim that they are not duly treated well by him.

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BREAKING: APC Convention To Hold February 26, Says Buni



The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee Chairman Mai Mala Buni has announced February 26 as the date for the APC convention.

Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State, said this on Tuesday at the national progressive women conference 2022 holding at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja.

He said the party is counting on the support of women to hold a successful convention.

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Lagos Transporters To Pay ₦800 Daily Levy, Excluding RTEAN, NURTW Dues



…Effective From February 1

Lagos State government, on Tuesday, introduced a daily ₦800 consolidated informal transport levy for transporters in the state.

The levy is outside the union dues collected by the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

Lagos State finance commissioner, Dr Rabiu Olowo, who revealed this at the agreement-signing ceremony by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), local councils and transport unions, said that the consolidated levy collection will start February 1.

He stated that the harmonized levy became expedient to ensure that the transport sector in the state is organised and fits into a 21st-century economy.

Olowo added that the consolidated levy takes into consideration all the elements in a sane society.

According to him, the levy takes care of dues previously accrued to local councils across the state, as well as revenue for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LASWA) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Inland Revenue Service (LIRS) among other MDAs.

He said that the state government expects that once a transporter pays the ₦800 at a point, he or she is expected not to pay at any other park or bus stop throughout the day.

He also said that the government expects that union members will not collect levies from transporters as they are not expected to pay at every bus stop or park.

Olowo said the consolidated levy would reduce the multiplicity of levies collection as many residents and transporters have complained about the huge levies unions often collected.

The commissioner also made an allusion to a report about the ₦150bn that transport unions collect in Lagos under the disguise of collecting dues, saying the new development will eliminate multiple taxes.

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House Of Reps To Reintroduce Electoral Act Amendment Bill Wednesday



The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, which was rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari, will be reintroduced Wednesday for a rework by the lawmakers.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in December rejected the Bill, citing issues with direct primary provisions.

Gbajabiamila, in his welcome address at the resumption of plenary Tuesday while chiding the appalling argument that lack of proper membership registration of the political parties was among the reasons why the Bill should be rejected, however stated that a credible electoral law is what the people want and that is what they will get.

He also assured Nigerians that the lawmakers will prioritize action to pass the constitutional amendment bill.

Thereafter, the lawmakers went into a close door session.

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