We will start Nigerian sports development afresh – Gbenga Elegbeleye

The new Director General of National Sports Commission promised to give all his best.

The Interim Director General of the National Sports Commission (and Director, Human Resources and Finance), Mustapha Mohammed, on Tuesday, handed over the reins of power to the newly appointed Director General of the Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye.

While handing over, Mr. Mohammed sighted some challenges faced by the Commission. He said, “The commission is facing a lot of challenges (including) disappointment at the just-concluded Olympics, funding etc. Although the erstwhile Director General, Patrick Ekeji was misunderstood, he, however, put in his best to elevate the NSC. I believe with the pedigree of the new DG, he (Mr. Elegbeleye) will elevate the Sports Ministry.”

Mr. Muhammed assured the new DG, on behalf of the other directors in the Commission, of their maximum support.

Mr. Elegbeleye on his part, promised to give all his best. He said, “I promise to give my best and I expect Nigerians to put out their best as well. We hope we can make it better for Nigeria in the area of sports development. We are starting afresh. We will leave the failure of the past and start all over. ”

He also talked about improving other sports like athletics and putting more focus on grassroots development of sports.

“We will go back to the old Nigerian winning ways. We will bring out talent and put them all where they belong,” he said.


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