*Goddess of FEAD is afterall a human
It is authoritative and confirmed that the ‘goddess of the Federation of Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mrs Hauwa Kulu Akinyemi, a Director, is the first victim of the recently concluded elections into sports federations. She has been redeployed pending her pre-disengagement leave for retirement.
No human has maximised with an authoritative mien that office either as a Ministry or National Sports Commission (NSC). Mrs Kulu-Akinyemi was the Lagos Liaison officer for the NSC before her posting to Abuja as a Director. She sought, got and employed the office with authority.
It would be recalled that when former NFA Secretary General, Dr Bolaji Ojo-Oba, retired from the ministry, his position as Director of FEAD. Mrs Kulu-Akinyemi was to be raised and placed in the position over and above her senior, Malam Alhassan Yakmut. This caused heavy power play in the then NSC.
The office was meant for the most senior Director in the Ministry. This was the setting until the dying days of the Goodluck Jonathan administration when Otunba Gbenga Elegbeleye was hijacked out and Yakmut was eventually made the Director General.
Under Yakmut, Mrs Akinyemi became the Director FEAD. She wielded all kinds of powers under Solomon Dalung as Minister. She is seen as the alpha and omega in the ministry. She is seen as the goddess therein.
Her role in determining the direction and depth of the last sports federations election are recorded to be deep and beyond human comprehension. The confusion recorded, the protest and petitions that followed are manifestations. At a point, people who know were asking who is in power in the Ministry. Whether it was the Minister, Solomon Dalung or Mrs Kulu-Akinyemi. The Permanent Secretary? You mean the Ohaa man? That Christian with a pagan mien? “No money,” even to buy tissue. He lost out and the acting, he went on working leave as soon as he resumed there.
She was reportedly redeployed from FEAD back to the Planning Department, where she came from. This is summarily speaking an advancement to the reverse for the giant, tall, massive and physically authoritative.
Can we all please rise and give this diva a standing ovation. She came, saw, conquered but was redeployed.