The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday inaugurated a five-man committee to investigate the alleged violation of doping rules and improper conduct in the ministry.
Dalung charged the committee to be “fair and thorough” in its investigation on the matter that has brought much misconceptions in the ministry.
Dalung informed the committee that Olamide George, Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria; and Sade Abugan, an athlete, were alleged to have violated doping rules during the 2012 Commonwealth Games in India.
He said the issue was addressed by the ministry after the 2012 Commonwealth Games and two persons were indicted but only one person was sanctioned then.
“This action has continued to generate a number of petitions to the ministry and we have decided to look into the matter to find lasting solutions to it,’’ he said.
Dalung urged the committee to establish whether the Nigerian government, over the years, has acted in a manner to cover up the issue.
“The committee has the power to dig into the matter and call anybody that is found wanting to appear before it, irrespective of the person’s position.
“We need to do all that is possible to clear the name of the ministry and ensure that we do the right thing at all times’’ he said.
Dalung gave the committee three weeks within which to complete its investigations and submit the report to the ministry.
He said that the committee would be funded properly to ensure that all investigations are carried out adequately.
Responding on behalf of the committee, Pius Oteh, chairman of the committee, pledged to put in their best to deliver on the mandate given to them.
“We are not unaware of the negative impact of doping on the image of an athlete and the country in general.
“We will do our best to ensure that this problem that has lingered over the years will be finally resolved,’’ he said.
Other members of the committee include Danjuma Mohammed, Oloruntoba Amos, Johnny Hamaking and Olusegun Akinlotan as secretary.
Meanwhile, Olamide George, Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria who was allegedly involved, has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation by the committee.