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PROJECT 2022: Purported NFF AGA In Lagos Town Hall Meeting Of State FA Chairmen

A general assembly in a true sense of the word is an annual gathering of groups, corporate organisations and persons with common interest towards a particular goal.

It is a democratic setting where persons, groups and organisations can air their views without fear or favour.

Where notices and invitations for meetings are circulated within the designated time in the rule books and agenda for meetings are well spelt out to members for robust debate and deliberations.

This has not been the case with the NFF AGA for several years, particularly since Amaju Pinnick took over as NFF president. It would therefore be inappropriate to call it an AGA.

What the Nigeria Football Federation intend to do on the 17th December 2021 in Lagos is simply their usual Town Hall meeting of the State Football Association Chairmen majority of whom were installed by Pinnick.

The States Football Association Chairmen have 37 members in an assembly of 44, where other members outside the 37 where handpicked by Pinnick except the PFAN representative. T

The State Football Association Chairmen also have 11 members out of the 15-person NFF Board.

The agenda of the Town Hall meeting of 17th December 2021 is two-fold –  

(1) To rubber stamp Amaju Pinnick’s third term agenda

(2) To elongate the tenure of the Pinnick-led NFF Board to accommodate themselves to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

This is the nonsense key stakeholders insisted must stop that was why suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1376/21 has been instituted in the Federal High Court Abuja after due process.

The main thrust of the suit is to ensure equity,  fair and equal representation to all statutory members of the NFF in the composition of the Congress and the Executive Committee of the NFF, from the September 2022 NFF Elections.

This Town Hall meeting is the bane of Football development in Nigeria and this 17th of December 2021 meeting will be the last of such retrogressive meetings.

BY HARRISON JALLA, Chairman PFAN Task Force/Facilitator Project 2022


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