The Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Alhassan Yakmut has been removed from office as government finally scrapped the Commission.
While receiving the Acting Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Dr. Vincent Akpotaire, who paid him a courtesy call in Abuja on Wednesday, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, confirmed the scrapping of the sports commission.
According to him, “the establishment of the Commission and the office of the Director-General was by the pronouncements of the President.
While Yakmut was away in Brazil to inspect facilities ahead of the Rio Olympic Games, the Head of Service of the Federation released his positing to the Niger Delta Ministry.
However, the posting is a demotion as Mallam Yakmut is to report at his new ministry as a Director.
The Eagle Online had exclusively reported a couple of weeks ago that the embattled erstwhile DG was lobbying to have soft landing in the event that the NSC would be scrapped.
The lobby appears to have paid off because rather than been booted out of office like the recently sacked DGs/Chief Executive Officers of over 20 Agencies and parastatals, he’s to remain in service.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on assumption of office had said that he would reduce the number of ministries to reduce cost of governance.
Consequently, the National Sports Commission was merged with the Youths Development to form the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development.
Mallam Yakmut was appointed acting NSC DG in April, 2015 by the then outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan.
His appointment was subsequently confirmed two weeks to the end of Jonathan administration.