The Federal Government has inaugurated the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) Board to promote clean sports and ensure that Nigeria adheres to the World Anti-Doping Treaty and the UNESCO Convention Against Doping in Sports.
While inaugurating the Board in Abuja, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, stated that anti-doping has become a technical and integral part of sports that scrutinises the integrity and credibility of any nation’s sports in front of the watchful eye of the international community.
“Nigerian Sports has over time borne the unfortunate scars of Anti-Doping with the positive drug test results of some athletes, as such; it has put in place the required structure and policy that would enable the country to administer anti-doping in line with international standards and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code Requirements,” he said.
This, he claims, has earned the country praise from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for her anti-doping campaign, increased athlete testing, and deliberate efforts to compete fairly and cleanly.
Dare added that the Board as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2005 will be the third of the NADO Board and is made up of eminent personalities who have been selected based on their technical expertise and experience in sports and Anti-Doping related matters.
Chairman of the Board, Kenneth Anugweje thanked President Buhari for giving them the opportunity to serve the country in this capacity.
He assured that the Board members will bring in their wealth of experience and expertise so as to preserve the integrity of the Organisation by committing to a high standard of responsibility and objectivity in line with the WADA Code.
The following individuals make up the NADO Board, which the Minister inaugurated:
Professor Kenneth C. Anugweje – Chairman
Mr. John Oluwafemi Ayorinde – Member
Mainasara Illo – Member
Mrs. Omolewa Abike Akinba – Member
Dr. Olusegun Akinlotan – Member
Barr. Emmanuel Omuku – Member
Dr. Godfrey Odigie – Member
Ms Fadeke Fadeyibi – Secretary/ CEO