The Board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has been dissolved upon the expiration of its term.
Announcing the dissolution on Monday 14th June 2021, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said the tenure of the Board has expired.
“Pursuant to Article 10.4 of the 2017 Constitution of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the Ministry hereby dissolve the board of the AFN,” according to a statement made available to journalists by the the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said the AFN will hold an Elective Congress in Abuja on Monday.
“We have advised that the elections should be organised in accordance with the 2017 Constitution of the AFN as contained in the agreement reached at the reconciliation meeting held in Abuja last April and brokered by the Confederation of African Athletics and World Athletics,” the Ministry’s statement further said as it enjoined delegates at Monday’s Elective Congress to eschew bitterness and conduct themselves in a manner that unites the Federation.
The AFN had at its Extraordinary Congress held in Abuja on Sunday June 13, 2021, asked the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to invoke Article 10.4 of the AFN Constitution and dissolve the outgoing board.
Meanwhile, the New AFN Board is To Be Inaugurated On Tuesday, at the media center of the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abuja.
In a statement signed by the Secretary General of the federation, Prince Adisa Beyioku, the inauguration will commence at 10am.
‘The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare will inaugurate the new board of the AFN at 10am on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at the media center at the Moshood Abiola stadium,’ said Beyioku
Chief Tonobock Okowa was elected president of the AFN at an elective congress of the federation on Monday with Tafida Gadzama, a member of the Sydney 2000 Olympics gold-winning 4x400m relay team elected the first vice president. Former African record holder in the triple jump and 1995 African Games champion Rosa Collins was elected the second vice president.
The new board of the AFN will serve for the next four years (2021-2025).