Sports Minister Sets Up Visitation Panel On NIS

As part of the plans to restructure the sports sector, the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi on Friday  announced the constitution of a visitation panel to the National Institute of Sports (NIS).

A press release by Julius Ogunro the minister’s media aide  said the objective is to reposition the institute as a centre of sports excellence in the production of elite athletes and to make it more efficient in the delivery of its other mandates.

The terms of reference of the panel, among others, include to:Evaluate the current NIS programme in the context of global best practices; Undertake a review of the organizational structure and management practices, including financial management; Evaluate the staff strength, qualifications as well as the quality of its programmes; Evaluate the level of adequacy or otherwise of NIS facilities and equipment;Evaluate the level of competence of the NIS leadership in all its ramifications.;Asses the structure and composition of its Governing Council;Examine its enabling Act in relation to undertaking the development of elite athletes; Examine the capacity of NIS as presently constituted, to undertake additional functions outside its original mandate, such as the development of elite athletes.

The visitation panel on The National Institute of Sports (NIS)  to  be chaired by Professor Rasheed Farouk will  be inaugurated next week and has four weeks to deliver its report.

Prof Farouk is the Provost of the Federal College of Education,  Minna and Vice President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria. He is a thoroughbred professional and shrewd administrator.