Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, former Green Eagles winger and one time Attorney-General of Rivers State has accused the National Sports Commission of plotting the failure of Mr. President to “right the wrongs in sports administration in Nigeria.”
Adokiye’s accusation was sparked off by the invitation of the commission to him to attend the Presidential Retreat on sports October 22 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. President Goodluck Jonathan had informed of the retreat while presenting the 2013 budget proposal to the Nation last week Wednesday.
In the letter signed by Patrick Ekeji, the Director-General of the Sports Commission and forwarded to Adokiye by Alhassan Yakmut, one of the Directors of the Commission, Adokiye was told that he would bear the cost of his attendance in Abuja. The letter partly read: “It is therefore with great pleasure, that you have been invited as a participant to the one day Presidential Retreat. You are however expected to bear the cost of your attendance.”
Adokiye lives in PortHacourt and he is a private person. He is a brilliant lawyer and one of the great stakeholders in sports in Nigeria, having excelled as a soccer player and also a sports administrator.
He replied the National Sports Commission this way:
I am unable to thank you for the ‘invitation letter to the Presidential retreat on the Nigerian sports sector’ because it is obviously a very bad joke. It is incredible that though you are paid with tax payers’ money to manage sports in Nigeria (a task that has overwhelmed you), you seem to believe that you can request a self-employed, private citizen like me to come all the way to Abuja to help you do your work AT MY OWN EXPENSE!
It is not rocket science to know that you want Mr President to fail in his attempt to right the wrong in sports administration in Nigeria.
CHIEF ADOKIYE AMIESIMAKA.
Our investigation showed that other invitees received the same letter and many have opted out.