Solomon Dalong, 51, has been named as Nigeria's new Minister of Youth and Sports.
The Plateau-State born lawyer was sworn in along with other ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet on Wednesday.
Dalong was born on September 26, 1964, in the town of Sabon Gida, Langtang South Local Council.
Dalong had his primary education at LEA Primary School Sabon Gida from 1971 to 1977. He then went to Government College, Keffi, currently in Nassarawa State, for his secondary education. He joined the Nigerian Prisons Service, thereafter.
Dalong studied law at the University of Jos, graduating in 1999. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, in Abuja, and graduated in 2000.
He was called to the Bar in 2001.
He was Personal Assistant to Chief Solomon Lar, when former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed Lar as Adviser Emeritus.
Dalong became a lecturer in 2004, at his alma mater, the Faculty of Law of the University of Jos. He was appointed the Chairman of Langtang South Local Government Area the same year.
Lalong's sporting antecedents are unclear as he was not a prominent sports man nor has he held any high-profile administrative position in sports.