By Philips Adefioye
Former African 400 meters hurdles champion, Henry Amike has called for an overhaul of the leadership of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and men and women of integrity brought on board.
He advised the Federal Government through the newly appointed sports minister/chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC,Â Ibrahim Bio to look inward and find reputable people to be on the board of the AFN.
â€œI believe that leadership the key, if you put the right person as a leader he will know how to galvanize the athletes and how to get the sponsorship.
â€œWhat theÂ AFN need is good leader that has good reputation first and foremost and he is trustworthy when it comes to money and other things. â€œI will like the governmentÂ and the new sports minister to look in ward and find reputable people to be on board of the AFN so that we can go back to the glory days of athletics,â€ advised Amike, who still holds the national 400m hurdles record a 48.10seconds he set in 1987.
He submitted that individuals like the former president of the AFN, Dan Ngerem are still needed on the board of the federation based on his wealth of administration experience on this field, his transparency and accountability.
â€œWe still need Mr. Ngerem on the board, whether we like it or not.Â This man (Ngerem) is just exceptional in this business of athletics despite the fact he was not an athlete. Some of us still need to learn about athletics administration from Dan Ngerem. We need him in the board in order to apply the methods he used during his tenure to save athletics in Nigeria,â€Amike said.