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African Union sports ministers meeting ends in Abuja

*Calls for AUSC games bids

First session of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 2 Ministers meeting has ended at the ECOWAS Parliament Auditorium in Abuja with a call for bids for the hosting of the maiden AUSC Region 2 Games.

In addition, member countries were enjoined to indicate interest to host the next meeting scheduled for August, 2018.

The final day’s session which was chaired by the Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, directed the secretariat to identify alternative sources of funding for consideration and approval.

Earlier, it reviewed and recommended the Region’s Statutes, strategic plan for 2017-2024, annual subscriptions by member states, an organisational chart, office and administrative structures for effective management of the AUSC Region 2.

In a communiqué signed by the President of the session, the AUSC thanked the Federal Government of Nigeria for hosting the session and according diplomatic status to the AUSC Region 2 Headquarters and its secretariat staff.

It also extolled President Buhari for providing the take off funds for the management of the secretariat ahead of contributions from member nations and for engaging pioneer staff to facilitate the smooth running of the secretariat.

It recommended that the proposal on annual subscriptions be transmitted to member nations through their respective embassies in Abuja and also approved the remittance of 50% of its annual subscription to the African Union Sports Council headquarters in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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