Barely 72 hours after he assumed office, Ibrahim Isa Bio, the newly appointed minister and Chairman National Sports Commission has declared that he would instill sanity and discipline amongst staffers of the Commission just as he maintained that all hands must be on deck to ensure development and progress in the sector.
Bio, in his second official outing (his first being at the opening of the Confederation of African Tennis annual general meeting) since he was appointed to head the NSC, said he had noted that some officers at the Commission have been regarding themselves as being above the law.
â€œThe NSC is a compact organisation, but politicised. We must tell ourselves the home truth if we must forge ahead.
â€œIâ€™ll ensure sanity and discipline in the Commission. Thereâ€™s no one that should regard himself as being above the lawâ€, he said in his first meeting with sports journalists since he was appointed.
While advocating grassroots development through schools inter-house sports, inter local government schools sports and the academicals where talents were discovered in the days past, Bio noted that such could only be realised if there is co-operation among the staff ofÂ the NSC.
He however noted with nostalgia the countryâ€™s low performance in major engagements like the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, and said his early assignment at the NSC would be to address the weaknesses in sports.
â€œApart from football, there are other sports where we have comparative advantage such as boxing, weightlifting and swimming. Swimming is one of the areas some countries concentrate on during major engagements.
For instance a country like South Africa can concentrate on swimming and make good impact in the championship.The Niger Delta have the comparative advantage, which ought to be exploredâ€, the minister said.