FG inaugurates Board members of National Institute for Sports


The Federal Government  has inaugurated the new Board Nembers of the National Institute for Sports (NIS) with a view to providing effective governance and policy direction for the Institution in line with the enabling Instrument that established it.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, while inaugurating the Board in his office in Abuja today, May 24, 2023, called on them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring the realisation of the  mission and mandate of the Institute

The Minister observed that the Institution was topmost in Africa for sports administration before it suddenly lost its glory, but expressed optimism that with the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to sports development in the country as well as the appointment of seasoned sports administrators into the new Board,  “i believe the Institution will occupy its pride of place in Africa again” 

He added that with the recent approval of the National Sports Industry Policy, (NSIP), which provides for private sector participation in sports as a business and not mere recreation, the challenge of funding and other related issues concerning sporting activities in Nigeria, will soon be a thing of the past.

“Your role as a Board is explicit, to move National Institute for Sports in the direction of modality much beyond the reputation of NIS before now.” Dare said

He informed that though efforts are ongoing to establish the first university of sports in the country, the Institute till then,  remains the nation’s sports institution that needs credibility of examination process to ensure its certificate is fully recognised. 

Dare stated further that the Ministry has signed a Ten-Year Football Masterplan which is aimed at addressing the fundamental anomalies that have plagued the development of football in the country, for the benefit of a broader strata of the society.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary,  Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar,  called on the Board Members to partner with relevant institutions and stakeholders in order to realise the mission and vision of the Institute

He assured that the Ministry will continue to support the Board to ensure it succeeds in the discharge of its mandate

Responding,  the Board Chairman, Barr. Danladi Ibrahim thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, as well as top management staff of the Administration for the privilege given to them to serve, assuring  that they will bring in their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring the realization of the Institute’s mandate.

The newly inaugurated board members are: 

i. Barrister Danladi Ibrahim – Chairman 

ii. Major General Okpeh Wilson Ali – Member

iii. AIG Hafiz Inuwa – Member

iv. Lawrence Babatunde Aremu – Member

v. Dr. Fatima Kabir Umar – Member

vi. Boniface C. Odum – Member

vii. Salisu Manman Aliyu – Member

viii. Ag. DCG Gregory A. Itohoh

ix. Prof O. A. Moronkola – Member

x. The Registrar – Member/Secretary 

xi. Kunle Solaja – Member 

xii. Commodore Omatseye Nesiama- Member

xiii. Mr. Awogbade Ayorinde Gbadebo


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