Director General of National Sports Commission, NSC, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye has expressed doubts over the possibility of the National Assembly to ensure passage of Court of Arbitration, CAS bill before the expiration of the tenure of present Legislators in both Red and Green Chambers.
Hon Elegbeleye who spoke to Nigeria Pilot Sports in Abuja argued that due to intense electioneering in parts of the country, the Lawmakers could jettison the idea of passing CAS bill for Nigeria.
Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Sports Hon Godferey Gaiya who had confided in Our Correspondent assured of their readiness in ensuring that the bill scale through the last reading before handover on May 29.
Also, there have been calls by Stakeholders who are canvassing for the passage of the bill which they described as panacea towards addressing issues relating to Nigeria Sports other than seeking redress at the conventional court.
But Elegbeleye who served as Deputy Chairman of the House Committee argued “When I was in the House of Representatives, we planned to pass CAS bill, but that didn’t happen the way we thought it should happen. Because every body’s mind is towards the election, attention may not be given to the bill but I believe by the next assembly they will be able to finish it.
“Presently, there is an amendment again. That means they have to start all over again. I must commend Hon. Godffrey Gaiya and his team because they wanted to finish it but because an amendment was proposed, they needed to start all over again and that caused a lot of delay.”
Talking about why Nigerian Players are in a haste to grab offers from foreign clubs, the NSC DG observed “They have to go for greener pasture but i am not really happy because it affects the growth of the league and what i think we need to do is to give our players incentives, salary that is lucrative.