The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, has removed Deji Tinubu as chairman of the Lagos Sports Commission.
Mr. Tinubu had doubled as chairman of the sports commission as well as special adviser to Governor Ambode on sports. He will retain his job as special adviser on sports, the government said.
Mr. Tinubu was at the helm of affairs of sports in the state since the inception of the Ambode administration.
But on Thursday, the governor made sweeping changes in the administration of sports in the state with new appointments.
Kweku Tandoh, a former Director of Sports, Lagos State Sports Council, is to take over as new chairman of the Commission.
A new Director General of the Commission was also appointed by the governor. He is Babatunde Bank-Anthony.
Mr. Anthony was the former Executive Secretary, Lagos State Sports Endowment Funds. He replaces earstwhile Director General, Adewumi Ogunsanya, who was redeployed. Mr. Ogunsanya’s new posting is unknown at this time.
It is also understood that some other changes were approved by Mr. Ambode. Details of the postings have not been made public.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde, said the new appointees would attend confirmation hearings by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Mr. Ayorinde further explained that the changes at the commission were “effected to strengthen sports administration in Lagos State in line with Governor Ambode’s commitment to use sports, like the hospitality, tourism arts and entertainment sectors, to further develop Lagos State, create broader opportunities for our teeming youths and to bring excellence to the state”.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated with additional information obtained hours after initial publication.