The NOC Secretary General confirmed Tuesday 12th July 2011 as being the new date for the re-scheduled inauguration of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation board. The ceremony will hold at the NOC Boardroom, at the national Stadium, Surulere, Lagos by 11:am prompt.
He further called on all the Rugby Stakeholders to take the new date as very important and endeavour to attend the inauguration.
The inauguration was earlier scheduled for Tuesday 24 May 2011 at the same venue, but Mr. Popoola says it had to be postponed due to the fact that the concession board members of the NRFF failed to turn up, giving an excuse of short notice, whereas all other rugby stakeholders from across the country were in attendance alongside the NOC President Eng. Sanni Ndanusa and his executive.
In a letter sent to the International Rugby Board, He enumerated the steps taken by the Nigeria Olympic Committee to resolve the “issues” as a matter of urgent importance in the wake of the perceived “ban on NRFF activities by the IRB”.
He further stated that, “Subsequently, in the past four (4) months we have been holding re-conciliatory meetings with all the Rugby stakeholders in Nigeria, and we are pleased to inform you that the elections were conducted in the zones and we are now at the stage of inauguration of the new board.
The Nigeria Olympic Committee President who was to preside over the inauguration on the 24th May, 2011, was compelled to postpone the event due to the absence of the NRFF President, a position of leadership critical to the ongoing management of the re-conciliatory process. The NOC have asked the NRFF President in mail sent on 25th May, 2011, to put forward a date for the inauguration.
The NRFF as advised is to set a date for the inauguration to put behind the subject of legitimacy and recognition, which was the challenge hitherto within the NRFF family to be accepted by the international community and all its Stakeholders. A process which is almost concluded.
With all these playing out, it is hoped that they will allow reasoning to prevail and bring all rugby stakeholders on board for meaningful progress of the game in Nigeria.