The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has scheduled elections into the Executive Committee of NOC on Dec. 9, 2009 during theÂ Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Committee.
The decision was one of the resolutions reached at the end of the Executive Board meeting held in Lagos.
The elections have been scheduled to hold in Dutse, the Jigawa capital. As part of the preparations, nominations for the eight executive offices have since opened on Oct. 23, 2009 at the secretariat of the Committee in Lagos.
The nominations will close on Nov. 6, 2009, to allow a 21 day mandatory requirement to the elections as provided for in the constitution of the Committee and the Olympic Charter.
The offices to be contested for are: the position of President, 1st Vice_President, 2nd Vice_President, 3rd Vice, Secretary_General, Assistant Secretary_General, Treasurer and Public Relations Officer.
The NOC decided that all candidates wishing to contest for positions into the executive committee must appear in person at the secretariat in Lagos to sign for the nomination forms.
The Committee used the opportunity of the board meeting to formally congratulate Engr. Habu Ahmed Gumel, the current president of the NOC, who was on Oct. 9 in Copenhagen, Denmark elected member of elite International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Gumel emerged from a long list of 1,900 nominees from across the World to short list of six. He scored 78 votes from delegates at the IOC General Assembly to emerge the third best choice.
Gumel, has therefore, entered the record books as the third Nigerian to occupy the position. Late Justice Adetokunbo Ademola was the first Nigerian IOC member and was succeeded by retired Maj._General Henry Adefope. Adefope retired from the IOC in 2008 after gloriously attaining the mandatory retirement age of 80.
Meanwhile the NOC has approved the award of IOC Trophy to late Minister of Sports, Engr. Ishaya Mark Aku. This was in recognition of his sterling contributions and support toward promoting doping control in the country.