You must appear in person, Reps issue 7 days ultimatum to NOC President Gumel


The House of Representatives have handed a fresh seven-day ultimatum for the President of Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), Engr. Habu Gumel, to appear before it and explain in details arrangement for athletes and officials ahead of upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon. Ekene Adams, handed out the ultimatum on Thursday when the NOC board was scheduled for meet the lawmakers inside the National Assembly complex.

Though the meeting had in attendance the first Vice President of NOC Solomon Ogba, Secretary-General of NOC Babatunde Popoola and others, the committee refused to sit with them till Engr. Gumel is present.

Briefing the media, the Chairman of the House Committee on Sports, Hon. Adams, said the rescheduled meeting with the NOC in Abuja is to assess the country’s preparation for the forthcoming Olympics.

He explained that although some people think he is fighting them, the aspiration of the House is to see the advancement of sports in the country.

According to him, “the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, his Excellency, President Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu is keen and concerned about the impact of sports on its citizens, and as such, the committee is saddled with the responsibility to interface with the NOC to know how prepared they are in the build up to the games —knowing that the Olympics is a serious business that should not be treated with kids gloves, as winning will not occur on grounds of serendipity.

“Nigeria wants to hear from him about the preparation for the Olympics, the president of the federal Republic of Nigeria has interest in sports, and he demonstrated it yesterday in the one year anniversary celebration to tell Nigerians that he wants to take the country to the next level using sports which is a unifying factor in this country.

“Sports is the only vehicle that gives the synergy to move the country forward, so we just asked the Olympics committee to go and appear before the house by thursday next week so that they can brief us proper over the preparation of the Olympics.

“Anybody that comes here apart from the president on proxy we might say no, so we felt, we should invite him in person, and let him respect the voice of the country to appear before the house next week.”

Also speaking, a member of the committee, Hon. Bashiru Dawodu, said the House was committed in its over-sight responsibilities.

The committee later rescheduled the meeting for Thursday June 6, 2024.