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NSC supremo Yakmut praises Dikko-led LMC

20 October 2015, 08:48

Abuja - The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Alhassan Yakmut, has hailed the leadership quality of the Malam Shehu Dikko led board of the League Management Company (LMC), organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for raising the standard of the game in the country.

The NSC DG, who was in Ilorin for the University of Ilorin 21km Marathon Race, said the Dikko led LMC board had brought an enviable stride and sanity to football in the country.

Yakmut who spoke with newsmen in Ilorin

on Tuesday on wide range of issues bothering on the development sports in Nigeria, maintained that the LMC had taken the players welfare seriously and had reduced the desperation of wanting to win the league at all cost.

"I am very jealous of the Nigeria Premier league under Shehu Dikko because they have broken some of my records."

"I can see determination for innovation, I can see determination to confront elements that are trying to set the clock of development of the League backward."

Also read: Chukwu excited with Nigerian league improvements

"I think generally the Nigeria premier league is on the right path of development," Yakmut said.

The former Nigeria Premier league (NPL), Executive Secretary, said the only issue remaining to be addressed is that of government ownership of some of the clubs.

"We must commercialize our clubs and make government own a stake or buy shares into teams and not full ownership of it."

"Until this is done, our clubs will continue to be an extension of public agency," Yakmut said.

Also speaking at the Press Conference, the Acting Secretary of the Nigeria professional football League owners (Club Owners), Alloy Chukwuemeka, described the appointment of Yakmut as the NSC DG as a round peg in a round hole.

He pledged the support of the Club Owners toward the development of nation's number sports.

The Club Owners Acting Secretary maintained that the legacy laid by Yakmut during his days in the NPL has brought the present LMC leadership this far.

Chukwuemeka reminded the DG of the need for sports to return to the schools.

He explained that the body's findings revealed that most schools in the country do not have sporting facilities anymore, said a paper would soon be presented to one of the new ministers to push for every local government in Nigeria to have a stadium.

- News24


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