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“I didn’t campaign to be the minister of sports.”

Aug 23, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

John Enoh, a farmer-turned-sports minister, succeeded Sunday Dare, appointed by Buhari.
The 36th sports minister, John Owan Enoh, has addressed questions about his lack of sports experience.

Enoh, a farmer before entering athletics, expressed his viewpoint as a sportsman running the sector.

After a reshuffle, the Senator replaced Sunday Dare, nominated by Mohammadu Buhari.

Enoh maintained his credentials to run the sports sector without sports experience, despite worries from football fans, enthusiasts, and experts.

The 57-year-old told Daily Trust he tackled this matter in his Abuja headquarters at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium immediately after assuming office.

‘I didn’t advocate for sports minister. President Bola Tinubu found me fit and gave me the duty of creating sports in Nigeria. Since getting this portfolio, I’ve started reading about sports, said Enoh.

“You don’t need to play sports to be the minister of sports. He said he would add leadership, direction, transparency, industry knowledge, and repositioning to the board.

Football was my career. After I was appointed, several former teammates contacted me to remind me of our playing days, Enoh said.

The new minister asked the ministry’s workers, authorities, and sports federations to share their knowledge. He underlined the significance of their collaboration in representing the nation in contests.

The Nigerian football community thinks the new minister will bring good change since it needs a lot of resuscitation.

Ayomide Oguntimehin

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