Abuja - Godfrey Gaiya, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on
Sports, said on Wednesday that the National Sports Commission (NSC) had
not brought any bill to it for consideration.
Gaiya was reacting to comments in some quarters that the National Assembly detested a bill presented by the NSC.
The purported NSC bill seeks to give the commission the powers to
dismiss or engage professionals to manage and develop the sports sector.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Gaiya
said that the House had seen only the bill for repealing the Nigeria
Football Association (NFA) Act of 2004 and enacting the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) Act.
According to him, the NFF bill seeks a better administration of football and related matters.
``The NFA put their house together and brought a proposal to the
committee and the committee took it upon itself to sponsor it on the
``It went through first, second and third reading. We have also done our public hearing.
``What we are doing now is to get a clean copy for the whole House to
accept and then, we will pass it to Mr President for his signature.
``We will achieve this before the end of this tenure,’’ he said.
Gaiya disclosed that the bill establishing the NSC died with the
sixth National Assembly as not much was done to get it passed.
``The NSC has brought no bill. They have brought no proposal.
``It is not us that will bring the document for them to work with.
They are policy implementers; they cannot just come and say this is what
``Don’t forget that we have two sources of bill; the executive and
private member bill. The NSC bill is an executive bill and we cannot
bring it as a private member bill.
``We cannot do that because it is encompassing, it is a policy trust that a private member cannot speak for the government.
``So, let the government go and get us a bill, make it an executive bill to the parliament and we will work on it.
``As far as I am concerned, anybody that tells you that the NSC bill
is pending with the National Assembly is talking about history.
``It was there in the sixth assembly, today we are in the seventh,’’ he said.