By Raphael Ekpang
The Senate Committee Chairman on Sports, Senator Adamu Gumba has said that the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) autonomy bill is set for final reading at the Senate. Committee on Sports has said.
Gumba said that his committee had packaged the bill for final reading at plenary.
“I presented the bill to the Senate; it was read the first and second times and we have conducted public hearing. Hopefully, before the end of the year, it will be taken for final reading ;so, that is where we are,” he said.
The senator also said that both houses of the National Assembly would jointly seat to harmonise the bill before sending it to President Goodluck Jonathan, for assent.
Newsdiaryonline sports recalls that the bill has passed first and second readings at the House of Representatives. A public hearing had also been conducted on the bill.
The proposed law is expected to give NFA powers to pilot its affairs without interference from any quarter.
It will help to re-define the powers of the board members and management of football in the country.
The law will also help to bring peace to the football circle, stop the indiscriminate sacking of elected board members of NFA and re-define who becomes a board member.
Meanwhile, Gumba attributed the success at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to the Senate’s honest criticism of the declining state of sports, especially football, in the country.
He said other benefits that derived from the Senate’s passion for the development of sports included the national retreat on sports hosted by Jonathan with special emphasis on football.
Others are the public hearing on sports and the inspection of the six national stadiums in the country to look at the facilities available.
By Raphael Ekpang