The Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare
In a bid to promote clean sports and ensure that Nigeria remains compliant with the World Anti-Doping Treaty and the UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sports, the Federal Government on Friday inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the National Anti-Doping Organization, NADO.
In a statement, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, at the inauguration of the Council in Abuja, described anti-doping as a technical and integral part of sport.
According to Dare, anti-doping examines the integrity and credibility of any nation’s sports with the international community.
”Nigerian sport has over time carried the unfortunate scars of anti-doping with the positive anti-doping test results of some athletes, as such; it has put in place the necessary structure and policy that would allow the country to administer anti-doping in accordance with international standards and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code requirements,” he said.
The development, he said, has helped Nigeria earn praise from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for its anti-doping campaign, increased athlete testing and deliberate efforts to compete fairly and cleanly.
Mr. Dare added that the board, as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2005, would be the third on the NADO board.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Professor Kenneth Anugweje, while Mrs. Fadeke Fadeyibi is the Secretary.
Other council members are: John Oluwafemi Ayorinde, Mainasara Illo, Omolewa Abike Akinba, Olusegun Akinlotan, Emmanuel Omuku and Godfrey Odigie.
The President, Professor Anugweje, on behalf of the Board members, pledged to maintain the objectives of the organization in accordance with the WADA Code.
Written by Annabel Nwachukwu; Editing by Tina Oyinsan