Buhari Leaves Out Dalung, Dan-Ali, Kachikwu, Others From Ministerial List

A photo combination of former ministers who did not make President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has released the ministerial list with some cabinet members from his first tenure missing.

Among those missing are; Solomon Dalung, Mansur Dan Ali, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and Isaac Adewole.

READ ALSO: Ngige, Akpabio, Keyamo, Aregbesola, Others Make Buhari’s Ministerial List

Others include Audu Ogbeh, Okechukwu Enelamah, Abdulrahman Dambazau, Udoma Udo Udoma, Usani Uguru Usani, Adebayo Shittu, Suleiman Adamu and Heineken Lokpobiri.

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT: Dalung Charges Youths To Keep Sporting Values

Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung.

 

Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung has charged Nigerian youths to participate in sporting activities and use it as a tool for self-development, peace, unity, self-sustainability and empowerment.

Dalung made the call in a statement on Saturday, in commemoration of the April 6 International Day of Sport for development and Peace across the world, by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Minister also enjoined government to curb poverty, youth restiveness and unemployment by giving sports its rightful place in the society.

“The future of Nigeria lies in its youths. Through sports, we can bring about peaceful co-existence in crisis-torn communities, employment, youth empowerment and self-reliance.

“Government should stop seeing sports as a recreation but as a tool that creates wealth, brings lasting peace to troubled areas and empowers the youths.”

READ ALSO: 61 Athletes Compete At National Para Canoeing And Rowing Championship

The Minister called on the government to invest in the youths of the country through the upgrade and development of sports infrastructure, provision of enabling environment for young people to train and develop their talents as well as providing adequate budgetary allocations to the development of youth and sports in the country.

He urged all schools to build at least one sports infrastructure or adopt a sport to ensure that children develop interest in sports from a young age.

The International day for Sport Development and Peace is marked every April 6 to commemorate the inauguration of the first Olympic Games of the modern era that took place in Athens Greece in 1896.

Giwa Takes Control Of NFF As Dalung Asks Pinnick To Obey Court Order

Giwa Takes Control Of NFF As Dalung Asks Pinnick To Obey Court Order

 

Mr Chris Giwa has taken over control of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as fresh crisis rocks the nation’s football governing body.

This followed a directive from the Minister of Sports and Youths, Mr Solomon Dalung, who asked Mr Amaju Pinnick to comply with a court order and step aside as the NFF President.

READ ALSO: NFF Leadership: Supreme Court Sets Aside Appeal Court Judgement

In a statement by his special adviser on media, Nneka Anibeze, on Monday, the minister said the directive followed a written notification from the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, requesting the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to ensure compliance with the court rulings on the matter.

Dalung said, ‘I have been directed to notify you of  the orders dated June 5, 2018 made by Honorable Justice M. H. Kurya sitting at the Federal High Court, Jos, in respect of the above mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama Vs Alhaji Aminu Maigari which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014, under the leadership of Amb Chris Giwa be given recognition pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee elected on August 26, 2014, from football activities of the NFF is unconstitutional, null and void.”

“It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment to the contrary,” he added.

Hours after the statement, Giwa, who has since insisted that he is the duly elected president of the NFF, arrived at the NFF headquarters amid heavy security operatives to take control of the body.

Mr Chris Giwa with some officials at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja on July 2, 2018. // Twitter – @niyi7busari

It has been a legal tussle since Pinnick assumed office as the NFF President in 2014.

After a series of court rulings, the Supreme Court set aside the judgement of the Court of Appeal in Jos, Plateau State, on the discontinuation of the case on the leadership tussle in the football body.

The appeal court had held in 2016 that the case could no longer be relisted before the Federal High Court, having been earlier withdrawn by the appellants.

But a five-man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, unanimously set aside the judgment of the appellate court in late April 2018 and sent the case back to the Federal High Court where the trial started in 2014.

Giwa and some other persons had approached the Federal High Court, Jos, on September 19, 2014, arguing that the Pinnick-led executive was not the authentic NFF executive elected on August 26, 2014.

Sports Minister’s Visit To Channels Kids Cup In Pictures

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has visited the players at the Channels International Kids Cup.

READ ALSO: Kwara Progress To Semis As X-Planter Edge Anambra

READ ALSODalung Visits Players, Seeks Sports Development At Grassroots

See photos of the visit and the quarter-final matches below:

 

Kwara Progress To Semis As X-Planter Edge Anambra

The Kwara team

 

LGEA Central Primary School have reached the semi-finals of the Channels International Kids Cup at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

The Kwara-based school advanced to the last four on Thursday, thanks to a 1-0 win over Obukohwo Primary School from Delta State.

READ ALSODalung Visits Players, Seeks Sports Development At Grassroots

Baptist Primary School from Osun State are also through after Adeniyi Segun pounced to score the winner in a 1-0 match against one of the teams representing Lagos, Oke-Ifako Primary School.

In the third quarter-final game, Emmanuel Anglican Primary School from Ekiti beat New Tunga Primary School from Niger State 1-0.

Sports Minister’s Visit To Channels Kids Cup In Pictures

The football match between Ekiti and Niger states

However, the other school representing Lagos at the competition, X-Planter claimed the last slot with a 1-0 win over Premier Primary School from Anambra.

Shortly after the quarter-final matches ended, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, visited the boys.

Dalung Visits Players, Seeks Sports Development At Grassroots
Minister of SPorts, Mr Solomon Dalung, visits the kids

 

He thanked the organisers of the competition for a job well done, saying it is a platform to encourage the younger generation to believe in Nigeria and develop their sporting skills.

Channels Kids Cup: Dalung Visits Players, Seeks Sports Development At Grassroots

Dalung Visits Players, Seeks Sports Development At Grassroots

 

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has visited the players at the Channels International Kids Cup.

Mr Dalung, who was on an official assignment in Lagos, had a stop-by at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Thursday to cheer up the teams participating in the tournament.

His arrival at the venue of the tournament comes one day after a former captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, stunned the kids with an unexpected visit.

READ ALSO: Kwara Progress To Semis As X-Planter Edge Anambra

In an interview with Channels Television, the Minister decried the attitudes towards sports development in the country, stressing that they contributed majorly to its poor growth.

he noted that he started sports while he was in primary school, adding that the younger generations are being denied the opportunity to display their talents.

Sports Minister’s Visit To Channels Kids Cup In Pictures

Dalung, however, called on state governments and the private sector to create an environment that will encourage sports development, especially at the grassroots level.

He thanked the organisers of the competition for a job well done, saying it is a platform to encourage the younger generation to believe in Nigeria and develop their sporting skills.

“This is the right foundation for sports development. young people must be introduced to sports at these stages and the beauty of it is that they are going to establish friendship right from here.

“The team playing spirit will also be developed here so that when they meet at the latter part of their lives, they are not meeting strangers. This is how significant things like these contribute to sports development,” the minister said.

 

We’re Working To Ensure Nigeria Wins 2018 World Cup – Dalung

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung chatting with members of the Chan Super Eagles in preparation for the 2018 Football World Cup during an audience with the President Buhari at the State House on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

 

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung on Wednesday said the Federal Ministry of Sports is working hard to ensure that Super Eagles lift the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Minister said this during the World Cup presentation to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

He said he is confident that Nigeria will lift the World Cup.

President Muhammadu Buhari in his address while receiving the World Cup assured excellent support to the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

READ ALSO: FIFA World Cup Trophy Arrives Nigeria

‘We Stand With You,’ Buhari Tells Team Nigeria At Winter Olympics

President Buhari said football is a platform for economic development. He called on corporate organizations to sponsor football in Nigeria.

The president also commends the Chan Eagles for the success and the Bobsleigh team for a show of patriotism at the just concluded 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The FIFA World Cup trophy arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday. The trophy continues its tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the opening ceremony.

President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s Bobsleigh Winter Olympic Team, Seun Adigun (Bobsled Driver) and Simidele Adeagbo during an audience with the President Buhari at the State House on Wednesday. PHOTO: SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

Sports Minister, Dalung Visits El-Rufai In Kaduna

Sports Minister, Dalung Visits El-Rufai In Kaduna
Governor El-Rufai and Mr Dalung// Twitter — @GovKaduna

 

The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Solomon Dalung, has visited Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State.

Governor El-Rufai received Mr Dalung at the Government House in Kaduna on Thursday.

He also met with participants of the National Council of Sports, as well as Commissioners for Sports from the 36 states of the federation led by the minister.

See photos of the minister’s visit below:

Super Eagles Going To Russia As Contenders Not Spectators – Dalung

While Nigerians continue to savour the recent victory of the Super Eagles over Argentina, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung says the world should watch out as the Eagles are going to the world cup as contenders, not spectators.

Dalung, in Abuja on Wednesday, November 15 said the team’s victory was discussed and applauded at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

“The Federal Executive Council was officially informed that Nigeria had qualified for the World Cup in Russia 2018, having completed our match with Algeria.

“In our plans for Russia 2018, we have a driving philosophy. Our principle for 2018 is that Nigeria is not going to Russia as a spectator, we are contenders. The world should watch out for the new Nigerian soccer.”

Dalung said the outcome of the clash against Argentina on Tuesday, November 14 is a statement which is as a result of unity among the players and officials.

“From the outcome of what happened yesterday, there is no doubt that Nigeria has made a statement,’’ he said.

The Minister salutes the unity of purpose amongst players and officials as preparation for the global event continues.

Solomon Dalung Proposes Replication Of Okpekpe Race Across Nigeria

Dalung To Meet NFF Over CAF ElectionsThe Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung has commended the organisers of the fifth edition of the Okpekpe 10km road race for its successful completion.

Mr Dalung, however, noted that it is necessary to organise similar races across the country not just for the health benefits, but also for the development of the country’s professional athletes.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has given an assurance that the state government would not relent in its efforts to host better editions of the Okpekpe road race.

Furthermore, Obaseki revealed plans to unravel more rural areas in the state to host more international competitions.

The Former governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole also commended the continuity of the bronze labelled race by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

FG Extends Tenure Of National Sports Federations Presidents

Dalung To Meet NFF Over CAF ElectionsThe Nigerian Government has amended the guidelines for the 2017 elections into National Sports Federations.

The new guidelines state that the tenure of presidents of national federations has been extended to 12 years as against the earlier proposed two terms of eight years.

Also, presidents of international sports bodies would not be eligible to contest for the presidency of the federations.

The amendment was disclosed at a meeting between the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung and the Nigeria Olympic Committee in Lagos.

Pinnick’s CAF Victory A Big Success For Nigeria – Dalung

Pinnick's CAF Victory A Big Success For Nigeria - DalungThe Federal Government has congratulated the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on his success at the just concluded Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee elections held on Thursday in Addis Ababa.

Pinnick defeated the incumbent Benin Republic’s Moucharafou Anjorin by 32 votes to 17 to emerge the third Nigerian to serve on the executive seat of CAF.

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, in a statement expressed delight that a Nigerian has joined the inner caucus of CAF after many years.

A Big Achievement

“When I became Minister, I asked why there was no Nigerian representative in the Executive Committee of CAF. With a population of over 170 million people, there was no way the CAF Executive Committee will be constituted without Nigerians as stakeholders.

“I encouraged the Federation to try and ensure that they are represented hence our support for the President of the NFF. This is a big achievement for Nigeria and our re-entry into African football politics,” Dalung said.

The Federal Government also congratulated Mr Ahmad Ahmad, following his election as the CAF President, but maintained it support for regional interest.

“Nigeria’s position remains in favour of our national interest but the will of the people has prevailed and we congratulate them all,” the statement said.

Mr Dalung advised the newly elected board to be magnanimous in victory and run an all-inclusive government.