The Nigeria Football Federation has finalized arrangements for taking members of its Congress on a four-day leadership training programme in the United Kingdom.
Already, the persons in the first batch of the programme, which runs between December 4 and 7 in London, have secured entry visas into the United Kingdom for a training, which quality is underscored by the capacity of the resource persons and the keen interest of the private sector.
It was learnt on Tuesday that leading airline, Arik, top bank, Zenith Bank Plc, and the Frot Group are the sponsors of the elite programme.
There are 20 persons in the first batch, made up principally of Chairmen of State Football Associations and including the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
A statement by the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, on Tuesday said: “The Chairmen of the State FAs are the first-line charge for real development of the game at the grassroots. They also constitute the primary constituency of stakeholders.
“We are happy to have been able to arrange this programme for them, and I can assure you that the impact of this program on the development of Nigeria football will be felt in the months and years to come.”
Among the resource persons for the four-day programme are Greg Dyke, the Chairman of The Football Association; Richard Scudamore, the Chief Executive of The Premier League; Sir Dave Richards, former Chairman of The Premier League; and David Dein, former Vice Chairman of Arsenal Football Club.
Pinnick added in the statement: “The present NFF administration is committed to building/enhancing the capacity of all workers in the game of football. Over the course of the past year, we have organized capacity-building programs for referees and coaches in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. This is an on-going exercise.
“I want to that other sectors of the sport will also benefit, as we look to improve the capacity of everyone involved in the beautiful game.”
The Managing Director of Frot Group, Frank Momoh, and the Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc in London will also be at the programme.
Among those in the first batch are Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Chairman of Chairmen); Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi (Osun); Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam (Imo); Busari Ishola (Kwara); Mohammed Alkali (Nasarawa); Yahuza Adamu (Bauchi); Abubakar Ladan (Kebbi); Oswald Atuake (Cross River); Frank Ilaboya (Edo); Margaret Icheen (Benue); Abdulkadir Magaji (Kaduna), James Odeniran (Oyo); Chidi Ofo Okenwa (Enugu) and Porbeni Ogun (Bayelsa).
The second batch will attend in January 2016.