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Mercy Nku Hails Appointment Of Enoh As Nigeria’s Sports Minister

Mercy Nku Hails Appointment Of Enoh As Nigeria’s Sports Minister

Former Nigerian international sprinter, Mercy Nku has hailed the appointment of Senator John Enoh as Minister of Sports Development by President Bola Tinubu.

Nku, the second Nigerian woman after Mary Onyali to run in the 100m final at the World Athletics Championships, says Enoh posseses the administrative acumen and experience to lift Nigerian sports out of the woods.

“Senator Enoh has been in the House of Representatives and the Senate and the experiences he has garnered there, especially with oversight duties are not one that can be bought on the shelf,” starts the Boki, Cross River- born sprinter who won four gold medals at the African Youth Championships in Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire in 1995.

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Nku says Senator Enoh is known across Cross River State as an achiever and a thoroughbred administrator who does not take decisions without due consultations.

“I think President Tinubu has done the right thing by bringing a man who pays attention to details as Senator Enoh to my constituency . The Sports sector has failed to grow for over 40 decades now and it will require a man who understands how to manage and inspire people to begin the renaissance the sector urgently needs.”

The two-time Nigeria champion and fourth woman to break 11.10 seconds in the 100m believes the recent disappointments Nigerians suffered at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary will show the Sports Minister how badly we have fared in sports.

“If I am not mistaken, we have returned from the World Athletics Championships 11 times without winning a medal out of 19 times we have participated since we made our debut at the inaugural edition of the competition in 1983.

“During my time, we had over 10 athletes competing in the international circuit, athletes who are not pushovers but today, instead of having more, the number has been reduced to just two who we can rely on for an appearance in the final of major global championships and Games,” said Nku who assured Senator Enoh
that former Nigerian internationals across all sports are willing to support him in the onerous task of salvaging the sports sector.

“There is no gainsaying that Senator Enoh will need the support of all stakeholders in sports, especially former Nigerian internationals across all sports and that is why I am delighted we have a man who is ready to listen and discus issues as Sports Minister,” said the Canada-based former sprinter.

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  • Ako Amadi 10 months ago

    This new #ports Minister may yet be worse than the last one, who was not better than the one before him. Wearing track suits and ‘relocating’ office to the MKO Abiola Stadium is no guarantee for efficiency of a minister.

  • Ako Amadi 10 months ago

    Mercy Nku! Haba! What dud Senator Enoh do for sports in Cross River? Was he ever at the U J.Esuene Stadium in Calabar for any sports event? In what condition is that Stadium today?

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