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FMYSD nullifies appointment of Pepple as DG of AFN

As part of Federal Government’s effort to sanitize and restore order into the myriad of issues besetting the smooth  operations of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), the appointment of Mr. Similaye Young Pepple as Director-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has been nullified by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Develpt.; which it considered illegal. 

The Ministry in its capacity of supervisory role over the National Sports Federations under its purview, set up a Ministerial Panel of Inquiry On AFN issues to investigate certain misdeeds and proffer solutions going forward. 

To this end, acting upon the recommendations of the Panel, the Ministry hereby makes it categorically clear that the Statue of the AFN and the National Sports Federation Code of Governance 2017, does not provide for the position of Director-General in any of the enabling documents.

Against this backdrop, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) canceled and nullified the alleged appointment of Mr. Similaye Young Pepple as Director General of AFN, more so, not being  supported by any extant laws or regulations whatsoever. 

The Code of Governance supports Secretary–General (who has already been  duly appointed by the Ministry) and not the office of a  Director General that dose not exist in the CODE OF GOVERNANCE.

THE AFN, stakeholders and the general public is hereby advised to please note and any further transaction is at the individuals responsibility.

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