*We shall lift the sport to enviable heights – Ehizogie
By Oluwole Francis
Controversy over the election of the members of the board of the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria has been laid to rest with the inauguration by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung.
Dalung who presided over the inauguration charged the board members to eschew violence and work together towards taking the sport to greater heights.
“The Arbitration and Harmonisation Committee met today to resolve all grey areas surrounding the election of the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria. Rowdiness and unruly behaviour were pointed out as some of the challenges faced during the electoral process.
“We have made it clear to the President that the leadership of the Gymnastics Federation must do everything possible to ensure a violent-free administration. We have extracted a letter of commitment from the board.
“If there is violence of any form in the federation, we will move in and help you to stabilise. Nobody should intimidate or harass any member of this federation or any other federation. You must use diplomacy, love and care to carry everyone along in this Federation. You must respect everyone’s contributions while decisions must be taken at board meetings or at the congress.
The. Minister charged the board to keep transparent records of funding from international bodies and all other records for accountability and urged them to avoid running a one-man administration.
Responding on behalf of the board, the President- elect of the Gymnastics Federation Prince Kelvin Ehizogie promised to carry the board members along and seek ways of promoting the sport in the country and beyond.
“I assure the Minister on behalf of my board, that we will not let you down. We will do all we can to take Gymnastics to enviable heights” Ehizogie said with confidence.