The Nigeria Football Federation has heaped plaudits on President Goodluck Jonathan for the appointment of Gbenga Elegbeleye, a former member of the Lower House as the new Director-General of the National Sports Commission.
According to Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Assistant Director, Media, the Federation President, Aminu Maigari spoke in Germany where he is having a series of meetings with Nigeria’s kit sponsors adidas and also appraising arrangements for camping programmes of the Super Eagles and Flying Eagles ahead of major competitions in the summer.
He said Maigari was ecstatic as he spoke about the noble contributions and uncommon commitment of Elegbeleye to the development of Nigeria football, nay sports over the years.
“Hon. Elegbeleye has been at the forefront of the development of sports in our dear country for several years now. He had been very active in sponsorship and promotion of sports in the grassroots long before he came into the House of Representatives and became deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Sports.
“We have worked very closely over the years, when he was in the National Assembly and even after he had left, and one thing you can never dispute is his passion for the genuine development of our sports,” Maigari said.
Elegbeleye, a former council chairman in Ondo State, was named Director-General of the National Sports Commission on Wednesday by President Jonathan. He replaces the retired Dr. Patrick Ekeji.
“The rank and file of the NFF is excited about the coming of Hon. Elegbeleye because we are convinced, by his antecedents, that he will pursue real growth of the sports sector, in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. He is a man of honour and integrity and fully deserves the appointment,” Maigari added.