Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung in Abuja has inaugurated the National Olympic Committee (NOC) Women in Sport Commission to address low women representation in sports administration.
Dalung, who was represented by Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi, Director, Federations and Elite Athletes in the ministry, said female athletes had won more medals for the nation in the history of sports in Nigeria.
He added that women are major stakeholders in sports and a good number of them now occupy important positions.
He said This has empowered them to support female involvement and participation in sports both technically and administratively.
He noted that this commitment extends beyond concerted efforts to increase women’s participation in the Olympic Games to ensuring equity in the involvement of women in the general administration of sports.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Mary Onyali said she was encouraged by the calibre of women in the commission and with the support of the NOC she hoped to deliver on its mandate.
She described the women in the commission as “women of notable character,” adding that she hoped they would bring it to bear in the commission.
Onyali thanked the NOC for the confidence reposed in them and promised to work in harmony to move sports forward.