The new Minister of Youths and Sports, Honourable Sunday Akin Dare, has taken steps to resolve issues emanating from the camp of the Nigerian Team participating at the current African Games in Morocco.
Thegazellenews.com exclusively gathered that the Sports Minister is determined to ensure that sportsmen and women representing Nigeria at any competition are well taken care of.
The first issue to be resolved was that of the daily camp allowance for athletes. The Minister, thegazellenews.com learnt, has ordered that the athletes be paid US$150 daily allowance instead of US$100.
On the power play between the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) and the Sports Ministry, thegazellenews.com learnt that the Minister has scheduled a phone conference with the officials of the two bodies this evening with a view to ironing out grey areas of jurisdiction.
“The Minister will also speak with captains and officials of the various teams representing Nigeria at the Games. The intention is to have first hand information on what’s happening at the camp and matters that needed to be resolved. The Minister is hell bent on ensuring good performance by Nigerian teams at the Games and subsequent sporting events. This is a man who is set to ensure that all sports enjoy equal attention of the government and he is already walking his talk,” sources from the Sports Ministry told thegazellenews.com
Further investigation by this medium unveiled the genesis of the feud between Olumide Oyedeji and Chief Falilat Ogunkoya, two former Olympians in the colours of Nigeria.
Sources told thegazellenews.com that both Oyedeji and Ogunkoya represented different associations of Nigerian former athletes working with the Sports Ministry.
“When the preparations for the Morocco trip commenced, a meeting was held between the duo and officials of the Sports Ministry on how to ensure that both attend the Games. It was agreed that we will split the attendance to two phases to accommodate the two.
Oyedeji agreed to take the first slot while Ogunkoya takes the second phase.
“It was a sad irony that when the time comes for Oyedeji to leave the camp having completed his own phase, he did not want to leave, rather he started to lobby officials to allow him stay. Meanwhile, Ogunkoya had arrived to take over. This is the source of the friction between the two but I know the Minister will also resolve this amicably,” sources told our correspondent.