Seven officials of the National Sports Commission, Nigeria Football Federation and League Management Company are among 29 African sports administrators who have successfully completed a five-month course in management development sponsored by Africa’s leading television outfit, Supersports.
All seven officials were at the colourful graduation ceremony held at the Strathmore Business School, within the Strathmore University campus in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday, which was attended by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Sports, Arts and Culture, Dr. Hassan Wario.
NFF’s Director of Marketing, Mr. Adama Idris, Assistant Director (Media), Mr. Ademola Olajire and special assistant to General Secretary, Dr. Christian Emeruwa were joined by the Secretary General of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Olumide Bamiduro Stephen, Secretary General of Rowing Federation, Ms Olubunmi Oluode and the LMC’s Messrs Mike Enahoro and Stanley Ikechukwu.
The officials courageously completed a demanding schedule of one-week-a-month module of 8-hour per day intensive classes, assignments and examinations that spread over 202 notional study hours, and were issued with Certificate of Competence in management by the University of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
The programme was conducted between June and October 2013 at Strathmore Business School but driven by Supersports and Wits Business School, University of Witwaterstrand.
At Saturday’s glamour event, Dr. Wario, the driving force of Kenya’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations, commended Supersports for the eight-year old initiative and challenged the graduates to return to their respective countries and change the face of sports administration for the better.
Mr. Mike Enahoro emerged the second best graduating student while Stephen was leader of the team that won the syndicate assignment, and Emeruwa gave a glowing speech of appreciation on behalf of the graduates.
Students completed courses in Managing People, Understanding Organisational Dynamics, Financial Information, Business Communication, Marketing, Project Management, Managing Resources and several sport-related areas.