By Patrick Omorodion
Following theÂ decision of the National Sports Commission (NSC) to concession some sports to individuals and corporate organisations, Scrabble management in the country has been concessioned to Verallen Nigeria Limited.
President of the federation, Chief Toke Aka disclosed to Saturday Vanguard sports that henceforth, Verallen are now the major financiers of the administration of scrabble, adding that â€œThey are to provide necessary and robust funding for the federationâ€™s activities as to progress the development and sustainability of Scrabble in Nigeria.â€
Chief Aka said that in line with the guidelines of the NSC, Verallen have put in place an executive board to handle the administration of Scrabble for the next four years in the first instance.
â€œThe NSC stipulates that the concessionaire has the right to the three major positions on the board i.e President, 1st and 2nd Vice presidents. This is seen as the much needed control for the concessionaire. Six zonal representatives are also selected to represent the six geo-political Zones,â€ he said.
Those to run the sport therefore areÂ Engr. Allen Egbe who will serve as Chairman, NSF Board and Concessionaire whileÂ Chief Aka is President. Suleiman Gora – 1st Vice President (North Central Zonal Representative), Innocent Alelionwu – 2nd Vice President (South East Zonal Representative) andÂ Aminu Mohammed – North West Zonal Representative.
Others areÂ Faruk Babainna – North East Zonal Representative,Â Jack Mpakaboari – South South Zonal Representative,Â Prince Dapo Ajibade – South West Zonal Representative and former African scrabble champion,Â Femi Awowade – nternational/Players Representative.