National Sports Commission

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The National Sports Commission is the Nigerian apex body responsible for regulating sports in the country, with Alhassan Yakmut serving as the last Director-General before it was scrapped by the Muhammadu Buhari government in 2015.[1] It is headed by the Minister of Sports in Nigeria. Its origin dates as far back as 1910 with the creation of empire Day competition.[2]

Some Notable Moments[edit]

  • The first time Nigeria participated in an international sporting event was in 1934 Common Wealth and Empire Day Games held in London.
  • Nigeria first contingent participation was in 1950 Commonwealth Games, 1952 Olympics in Finland and 1965 All African Games in Brazaville, Congo
  • National Sports Council was established in 1962, as a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Labour
  • Became established as the National Sports Commission in 1971 (by the Federal Military Government Decree 34 of 1971)
  • In 1975, Nigeria had her first Minister for Youth and Sports
  • In 1995, The National Sport Commission was nulled and replaced with Ministry of Youth and Sports.
  • In 2007, The Ministry for Sport and Social again nulled then replaced with the now National Sports Commission.

Name Changes[edit]

  • National Sports Council (1962-1963)
  • Ministry of Labour (1964 - 1971)
  • National Sports Commission (1971- 1975)
  • Ministry of Social Development, Youth and Sports (1975 - 1979)
  • Ministry of Youth and Culture (1979 - 1982)
  • Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (1982 - 1990)
  • Ministry of Youth and Sports (1990 - 1992)
  • National Sports Commission (1992 - 1995)
  • Ministry of Youth and Sports (1995 - 1999)
  • Ministry of Sports and Social Development (1999 - 2007)
  • National Sports Commission (2007–Present)