By WaleÂ Joseph
The much-anticipated and widely publicised stakeholdersâ€™ meeting of Nigerian rugby was held last weekend at the board room of the National Olympic CommitteeÂ inside the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, South West Nigeria . It hasÂ about 26 rugby stakeholders in Nigeria and five observers in attendance.
According to the coordinator of the meeting, Ntiense O. Williams, the high turn out of stakeholders at the meeting showed that they were prepared to resolveÂ the lingering leadership crisis which has engulfed the board of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, NRFF and resulted in the ban ofÂ Nigeria by theÂ International Rugby Board, IRB, since 2009.
â€œThe meeting attended by about 26 rugby delegates drawn from club proprietors, representatives ofÂ state associations, representatives ofÂ male and femaleÂ players unionsÂ across the country gave the stakeholders the opportunity to ask pertinent questions about the game in the country and the ban of Nigeria fromÂ the IRB since 2009,â€ he said.
At the end of the meeting which lasted for about three hours, an interim seven-man Nigeria Rugby Stakeholder Forum Committee was inaugurated.
Members of the committee include Tunde Akerele as chairman, Edward Pam Fom, representing the North Central, Abdulahi Musa, representing North West, RichardÂ Raphael, representing North East, Obasi Joshua, representing South East, Gbenga Hammed, representing South West and Ntiense Williams, representing SouthÂ South zone.