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
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
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"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
"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
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.