Former secretary-general of then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi has surprisingly been named among several top personalities in a reform committee constituted by the present board to bring lasting peace to the game, footballlive.ng can report.
Despite being one of three candidates that contested against current president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Melvin Amaju Pinnick for the recent election that guaranteed an unprecedented second term, Ogunjobi has been named with other buffs in the peace committee.
Listed alongside Ogunjobi, now chairman of Osun State Football Association, in the reform committee are Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen (Chairman, Benue State FA), Porbeni Ogun (Chairman, Bayelsa State FA), Nasiru Saidu (Chairman, Sokoto State FA), and Alhaji Garba Mohammed (Chairman, Yobe State FA).
Others are Dr. Kweku Tandoh (Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission), Barrister Godwin Dudu Orumen (Executive Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission), Alhaji Farouk Yarma Adamu (Commissioner for Youth Empowerment, Gombe State), Chief (Mrs) Dilichukwu Onyedinma (Director of Sports, FCT), Alhaji Abba Yola (Chairman, NFF Technical Study Group) and Barrister Isaac Danladi, Chairman of NPFL Club Owners).
The list also includes Alhaji Shuaib Gara-Gombe, business mogul Yemi Idowu, Barrister Sampson Ebomhe, foremost journalists Tony Ubani, Felix Awogu, Osasu Obayiuwana, Godwin Enakhena and Chisom Ezeoke, as well as one representative each of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Nigeria Referees Association and National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers.
The committee is headed by NFF first vice-president, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, while 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko will serve as vice-chairman, with board members Ibrahim Musa Gusau and Chidi Ofo Okenwa as well as NFF scribe, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
Already, the committee has appointed George Etomi and Partners as independent Secretary/Legal Adviser (with liberty to seek other legal advice). The law firm will do all the collation and categorization of data. The Chairman, Barrister Akinwunmi has also appointed leading journalist Mr. Colin Udoh as his Special Assistant with specific responsibilities for research and social media enablement.
The committee, whose constitution was endorsed by the NFF Congress at the 74th Annual General Assembly of Nigerian Football in Asaba, Delta State last week, has three months to conclude its assignment.