By Onochie Anibeze
Acting PresidentÂ Goodluck Jonathan has always shown interest in sports.
He supervised the organisation of FIFA Under 17 World Cup last year and compelled the authorities to hire a foreign coach for the Eagles for the World Cup.
But Jonathanâ€™s appointment of Ibrahim Isa Bio as sports minister betrayed the interests he had shown in sports before now.
Bio has no background in sports. He is a green horn in the area and will, from now, begin to learn the ropes rather than exerting himself on the job.
The man, from Gura area in Barote Local Government Area of Kwara State, however, has been around in government. About 23 years ago, he was a commissioner in Kwara State for four years. He was later to become a member of House of Representatives from 2009. He was there for four years.
After that he became the Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly. President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua later appointed him Transport Minister, a portfolio he held till the dissolution of the cabinet recently by the Acting President. Yesterday, he was announced as sports minister and chairman National Sports Commission.
â€œThe only link we can attribute to him in sports was when, as Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly he sponsored the Speakerâ€™s Cup,â€ his friend who preferred not to be quoted said from IlorinÂ yesterday. He continued: â€œHe was made a patron of the Youth Sports Federation when he sponsored the Speakerâ€™s Cup.
He is a nobody in sports but a good administrator. He was a First Class ABU student of Pharmacy and has been around in government for long. He may not know much about sports, in fact he has no sports background but he knows something about general administration because he has been around in government.â€
President Yarâ€™Adua during his campaign promised to deviate from the Obasanjo era by appointing experts to handle areas that required expertise and said that sports would be so treated. He did not live up to his words when he appointed Abdulrahaman Gimba.
Sani Ndanusa came on board and the Water Engineer who was and still is chairman of Tennis Federation would argue that he had no fund and time to implement anything. And the appointment of Bio yesterday dimmed hopes in sports circles. But the Kwara man has a chance to prove people wrong.