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Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, is the third African Sports Minister to confirm his participation on the ‘Sport and Government’ panel at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban on October 1-2.

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, is the third African Sports Minister to confirm his participation on the ‘Sport and Government’ panel at the Soccerex African Forum in Durban on October 1-2.

The chairman of Nigeria’s National Sports Commission (NSC) will be joined on the panel by Rwandan and Ghanaian counterparts Protais Mitali and Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah. The trio will provide an unprecedented discussion on the state of sport in Africa and the significant role that governments have in the development and regulation of it. Abdullahi was appointed first as Minister of Youth Development in 2011 and acted as supervising Minister of Sports from December 2011. He was then appointed as the substantive Minister of Sport and chairman of the NSC in May 2012 where he bears responsibility for implementing the policy and programmes of the federal government with respect to sports administration, management and facilities development.

Although he has only been in charge for a short period he has already introduced a number of positive initiatives at both a professional and grassroots level. The re-invigoration of the Nigeria Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM) board to champion Rhythm N’Play, the largest mobilisation campaign for grassroots sports in Nigeria, the constitution of a League Management Company (LMC) and the introduction of the National Under-17 Youth Games are just some of the legacy projects that have seen him commended by senior Nigerian officials.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said: “Nigeria is one of the continent’s leading sporting countries, as proven by this year’s tremendous victory in the Africa Cup of Nations. The Hon. Minister and his office are at the centre of the recent success of the national team and we’re delighted to welcome him back to one of our events again.” The Soccerex African Forum will bring 1,000 senior football decision-makers together with businesses from across the continent and the world for two days of learning, networking and business opportunities. You can find the conference agenda for this year’s Forum here: www.mysoccerex.com/AF13ConferenceProgramme.pdf. For further information about this event please call +44 (0)208 987 5522 or visit www.soccerex.com/africa.

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