By G9ija

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development on Monday in Abuja inaugurated a 13-man caretaker committee to pilot the affairs of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN).

Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Ismailia Abubakar, said the committee would be in place pending the resolution of all issues bedeviling the Federation.

He added that it became necessary to inaugurate the caretaker committee for the badminton federation so as to move the sport forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that BFN was one of the federations which did not hold their board elections during the Sept. 30 National Sports Federation Elections.

In the BFN case, a pending court case prevented the elections from holding.

Kenneth Aguine, a former badminton international, had on behalf of a group, Concerned Badminton Stakeholders, accused BFN’s immediate-past president, Francis Orbih, of manipulating the zonal aspect of the elections.

He had also alleged that Orbih, who was the then Caretaker Committee Chairman of the federation, failed to resign appropriately before the elections.

“Badminton must move with other sports and that is the reason we deemed it fit to inaugurate the caretaker committee.

“We are hereby charging you (the members) to sensitise every member of the badminton family to the need to move the federation forward,” Abubakar said while inaugurating the committee which however has Orbih as its chairman.

Orbih, after the inauguration, said the action taken by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was a very positive development for the growth of the game.

He appreciated the minister and assured that the committee would work assiduously towards ensuring they consolidated on the good work done by the immediate-past board.

Other members of the committee are Maina Mohammed, Solaja Obiageli, Yusuf Bello, Shehu Warah, Tangbe Awala, Tunde Kazeem, George Shitta, Etuku Tenimu, Esther Gidado, Malik Anas, Yahaya Yusuf and Grace Gabriel.