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Danagogo presents acting director general to directors


SPORTS Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Tammy Danagogo, has officially presented the new acting director general of the NSC, Alhassan Yakmut, to other members of the commissions’ management team, as the successor to Gbenga Elegbeleye.

Elegbeleye has been redeployed to Citizenship and Leadership Commission, which is under the Presidency.

The Guardian gathered that the minister’s decision to introduce Yakmut, who was until now the director in charge of Grassroots Sports Development, was sequel to the Presidency’s approval of the Plateau State-born technocrat’s appointment last week to take charge of the commission on acting capacity.

According to the Minister of Sports’ Special Assistant, Media, Patrick Omorodion, the thrust of the meeting between the Minister and the Directors was to formally present the acting director general to them, adding that it also fell in line with the regular management meeting which always hold on Mondays.

“The appointment of Yakmut would address the issue of keeping to the tradition of having a seasoned professional and sports technocrat from within the directorate staff of the commission to serve as Chief Administrative Officer of the Commission, who will be in a position to advice the minister as the political head and the chairman of the commission.

“Both Dr. Amos Adamu and Dr. Patrick Ekeji, who were former directors general of the NSC were sports administrators appointed from within the Commission,” Omorodion noted.

Meanwhile, Yakmut has added another feather to his cap with his appointment into the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS) by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The appointment, which was communicated to Yakmut via a letter by the Programme Manager – Sport for Development and Peace Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Mr. Malcolm Dingwall-Smith is for a period from 2015 to 2018.

Following the appointment, Yakmut has therefore been invited to participate in the 2015 CABOS Annual General expected to hold in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago between June 15 and 19, 2015.   

The Commonwealth appointment is a testimony to Yakmut’s verse knowledge as a technocrat, sportsman and seasoned administrator of 25 years standing during which he  contributed immensely to the sports policy development and implementation of the National Sports Commission.

Yakmut, who holds three Masters Degrees in Sports Administration and Physical Education, Business Administration, International Law and Diplomacy, IOC Advanced Sports Management Diploma and B.Sc. in Physical and Health Education, has also coordinated sports development activities in three geo-political zones, covering 18 states, including the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, where emphasis was on policy development and implementation as well as Performance Monitoring Evaluation.

He was among the participants that evolved the 2013 Commonwealth Youth Sport Charter at the fourth Commonwealth Sports Development Conference in Glasgow, as well as developed the conceptual note and operational framework of the first National Youth Games, where 4250 youths participated.

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