By Tosin Omojola
Members of the House of Representatives have poured encomiums on the Director-General of the National Sport Commission (NSC), Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, saying he has so far done well since his appointment.
Elegbeleye, formerly the vice-chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, was appointed the Director-General of the NSC by President Goodluck Jonathan early last year, a development the legislators believe has been yielding positive results.
Speaking through the Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, the lawmakers said the involvement of Elegbeleye in the country’s sports management had played vital roles in ensuring that positive results were achieved.
“The presence of the NSC Director-General is already making difference in the sports sector because we see him as a round peg in a round hole. He is discharging his functions very effectively and that was the reason we achieved good results from the competitions we have entered so far.
“So, he has made us happy because as one of us that went to the other side, it is our wish to support him so that he will continue to discharge his work effectively as the DG of the NSC,’’ Gaiya said.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, through the Committee on Sports, has promised to give full support to the National Sports Commission in a bid to help it succeed in the various sporting programmes ahead of it this year.
According to Gaiya, the body would work with the National Sports Commission (NSC) when the sports budget for 2014 is presented, adding that the committee agreed to support the NSC after it was instrumental in achieving a successful 2013 sporting year.
“We have not even seen the 2014 budget proposal, remember it was presented through the Minister of Finance the day the House was adjourned for break and we are yet to resume. So, until we resume from our recess before we can fix date for budget defence and to know when the various MDA’s will take their turn to show us their demand.
“They will also tell us why they need the proposed amount for the project they intend to execute. Our own is to look at what they bring, ask them questions and see whether what they have been given is adequate or inadequate.
“If it is inadequate and we are convinced that they need more, definitely we can interfere and see that they are given the right share of what can manage our sports effectively.”