New Reps committee chair on sports set to meet stakeholders, congratulates Super Falcons

The newly appointed Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee On Sports, Honourable Ekene Adams Abubakar has hit the ground running as he is set to meet with critical Sports stakeholders in Abuja on Thursday August 3rd to chart a new course for Sports.

According to the accomplished administrator and former General Manager of Remo Stars football Club, the meeting which will take place in Abuja, will be attended by Presidents of all the 36 Sports Federations, the Nigerian Olympics Committee, Premier League Club owners, Nationwide league and other league boards, Nigeria football federation (NFF), Referees, Ex Internationals, Players Union, The National Institute for Sports, former sports ministers, coaches, Lottery Board, EFCC, ICPC and a few Corporate bodies.

Also expected at the event are the Nigerian Olympians Association, the Nigerian Police Force, Medical Practioners, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, officials of the Ministries of Youth and Sports, Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Nigerian School Sports Federation, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), football veterans amongst others.

Ekene assured that the meeting will set the tone for a robust and renewed policy direction for Nigerian Sports as well as to seek areas of mutual benefits for the best interest of Nigerian sports.

The respected football administrator assured that the era of bickering, bitterness and working at cross purposes in the sporting sector is now over.

“We should all come together to forge a new direction for our sports. We have to work together with the Executive Arm of Government and all stakeholders to actualise our collective dreams.

“Sports can only thrive when there is peace and harmony among the stakeholders. Sports Unites us as a people, so we should deploy it to foster peace, unity, progress and development of our great country. Having played the game to the highest level, administered it as a club owner, I feel the pains of all stakeholders. Let’s put the past bad experiences behind us and focus on a bright future. We are not doing the youths any good if we don’t put the interest of the country first. We need to rally round each other to make things work well for everyone,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman has described the Female National team, the Super Falcons, as a beacon of hope for not only Nigeria, but the African continent.

While commending the team’s impressive performanc at the on- going F6ifa Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, he urged them not to rest on their oars until they secure the ultimate prize.

“Congratulations Super Falcons, we are so proud of you. We are solidly behind you, please don’t relax until you get to the finals and God willing win the trophy. You have lifted the spirit of millions of Nigerians, so dont relent until victory is secured,” he said.