Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has described the soccer body’s new reform committee as a gathering of eminent personalities from various strata across the country.
Based of status and quality of the committee members, footballlive.ng can report that Pinnick is expecting a thorough job from the body, with attendant far-reaching positive effects on Nigerian football.
Pinnick said as much during his inauguration of the panel, whose report he said the NFF executive committee and administrative staff will work hard to implement to the letter.
He disclosed further that the committee, which is headed by NFF first vice-president, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, has among its terms of reference the provision of the most stable and sustainable foundations for football in Nigeria.
The committee will also recommend ways of guaranteeing commitment to the principles of good governance, transparency in its operations and requirement of all stakeholders and officials to meet high standards.
The reference points also have adaptation to the latest development in the world of football to ensure that its operations, projecting values that should be adhered to and the best governance principles possible.
The committee is also to progressively adopt a wide range of reforms that reflect the views of the Nigerian and International Football Community in order to meet the evolving needs of the modern game.
At the end, it is to ensure that the principles enunciated by it and its recommendations which are accepted by the Executive Committee are incorporated into an amended version of the NFF Statutes.
This would pave the way for further significant and needed changes to NFF’s governance, structure, electoral process and dispute resolution.
Pinnick, who is also first vice-president of Confederation of African Football (CAF) and a member of the organizing committee for FIFA competitions, praised the commitment of the eminent persons to serve.
He affirmed his belief that the committee will come up with progressive recommendations that will set Nigerian football on the path to glory.
While inaugurating the 27-member panel at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos, Pinnick said the football body is ready to implement recommendations of the committee, which he recalled was set up by the NFF executive committee and endorsed by the Congress in Asaba on October 24th.
“There would have been no compelling need to put together this group of eminent Nigerians, persons of considerable weight and relevance across football and beyond, if we were not determined to implement the committee’s recommendations,” Pinnick said.