The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports yesterday threatened to issue warrant of arrest on Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Solomon Dalong, for his failure to appear before the committee twice.
The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Obinna Ogba, issued the threat in Abuja yesterday, however, gave the Minister Thursday May 19th, 2016 to appear before it.
He said the minister had failed twice to appear before the committee without any reason, adding that it was an affront and disrespect to the Senate. He said, “The sports minister has not been respecting the Senate, we cannot continue this way”.
He added that, “We are giving the minister a new date of Thursday next week to brief the Senate on the level of preparation for the Olympics. The Clerk of this committee is hereby directed to write a strongly worded letter to the minister inviting him to come here on Thursday”.
He said that the minister had to brief the committee on the level of preparation for the Olympics, World Cup qualifiers, delay in appointing a new Super Eagles’ Coach and the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation.
He decried the situation where the President of the Nigerian Football Federation would say something and the minister would counter it like they were operating in disunity.
He maintained that, “Dalong is a minister and he is not to run the affairs of football federation. As a minister, his function is to supervise and not to run the day to day affairs of the federation’’. He said, The NFF President would say he wants to employ a foreign coach and the minister would say he has not been given approval.
He stressed that, “It is not the duty of the minister to give approval or not to give approval”.