From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
although he is the lucky Commissioner for sports activities when Rangers international FC of Enugu broke their 32-12 months trophy jinx, Honourable Charles Ndukwe, says he received’t want to carry the tag of Commissioner for Rangers.
Fielding questions from Sunday Sunsport not too long ago, the youthful sports activities commissioner chronicled the success secret of Rangers, how capital intensive sponsoring Rangers has been on the state government and the challenges of heading the ministry.
He equally used the chance to set the records straight on the controversial choice of the state governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, to directly take over the operating of the stadium, dismissing the insinuation that he used to be responsible of fraudulent mismanagement of the proceeds from the stadium.
Rangers winning the league trophy
the primary credit should go to the governor, His Excellency, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his toughen. he’s a God sent governor and we are benefitting from his excellent good fortune as a result of if not for providence and divine approval, i’m wondering how he could be the governor and i the Commissioner for sports when the team broke the 32 years jinx.
it is his success that the trophy which eluded Enugu State and Ndigbo on the whole might be gained. Many issues had been going down due to the fact he became the governor of the state. i have to on the other hand admit that the successes come with many challenges particularly when there may be shortage of funds.
Challenges of finance
we’re in the technology of recession and most effective God is aware of how the Governor is managing to pay employees’ salaries and finance the workforce. He is aware of tips on how to handle instruments especially in an era funding is an immense drawback.
We did not attend nationwide early life video games ultimate 12 months not as a result of we didn’t have passion or don’t have the athletes to win medals for us however on account of scarcity of fund. we’d like prayer for availability of fund to take part within the nationwide sports competition scheduled this 12 months.
we have now then again finished smartly in the areas of ability hunt inside the state. We organised programmes in almost all of the senatorial zones. i do know evidently that by means of the end of this primary quarter when funds are made on hand, we will be able to do the state finals to permit us prepare very neatly for the youth video games.
It has not been straightforward but the performance of Rangers final season used to be good for the state. From relegation threatened crew in the 2015 league season to the champion in 2016. we now have our eyes on the continental marketing campaign and i’ll say thus far so excellent.
I wish to guarantee Rangers lovers that the prosecution of continental suits is a mission that you can think of. we’re happy to have a person of many ways as the governor of the state. i do know that he has made stable plans for the event.
He has his eyes on the ball and i’m certain that he’s going to shock everyone together with his own plan. I is probably not in his thoughts, but i will be able to let you know that as a goal getter, he will do another magic just like the way in which he supported Rangers.
There used to be no a lot fund however the team by no means lacked the rest. They were not owed salaries, they needed bus and it was once equipped for them. He even bought a brand new automotive for the train and rewarded gamers and officials.
surroundings target for Rangers
we hope that the workforce will go some distance despite the unimpressive begin to the season. To avoid limiting ourselves to anything else, we will be able to inspire them to win everything conceivable. we know that other groups are there and have equally planned; we will be able to do our perfect to keep the tempo and preserve the flag flying.
Assessing Nigerian league
really speaking, there have been a number of improvements from the 2015 league season. Heavy sanctions were meted out to teams that misbehaved last season. The LMC and NFF did not take possibilities on referees and even groups. If mighty FC IfeanyiUbah may be suspended and fined, what other way can you assess the development within the league.
government spent much to persuade Rangers results final season
i didn’t see or hear anything like that and i know that it isn’t true. We by no means did anything like that as a result of we consider strongly that healthy officials usually are not for sale. We never did anything of such as a result of we have now excellent gamers.
We played extra reside matches than another team. Many teams are terrified of reside matches and there were circumstances where groups cancelled proposed are living suits. We prevalent the entire are living suits given to us even once they imposed additional bills on the federal government like the usage of generator to train at night.
In most of the live fits, we’re like taking part in far from house. i am sure anybody will be fired if His Excellency sees such fund within the budget we send to him. it is not simply possible.
The magic of attracting fanatics to the stadium
It has to do with people deciding upon with success. the issue of taking part in reside suit also helped us. the first Friday reside fit used to be a watch opener. The stadium was crammed to capability as a result of people never saw one thing like that prior to. merchants, young boys, ladies and others took it like attending a party.
again, we did not see it as wholly fund-generating avenue as a result of we threw the gates open every so often to check the pressure of controlling the crowd even once they came out with their money for gate takings.
We basically need to steer clear of stampede. It was once not as if we made a lot on those Friday are living matches, but we are satisfied that people who revel in excellent football came out in numbers to improve the staff.
Recruitment for continental match
i can effortlessly tell you that we are continentally ready with the standard of recruitment achieved. past recruitment, team spirit plays very prominent function as has been seen in our first round suits.
there were avid gamers we signed and paid very giant amount however did not get any consequence from them ultimate season. it isn’t about large names but staff spirit.
Relationship with Rangers management and scrutinising their books
My relationship with them could be very cordial in the experience that we adopt talk in managing issues. then again, the good thing is that the home of meeting Committee on sports has been very efficient especially regarding Rangers.
They scrutinise the books and ask questions. Even the home Committee on financial Malpractice also play its position very effectively. I also understand that there has now not been any red-mild inasmuch as His Excellency has his eyes in all places, getting security file as and when due.
Allegations of fraudulent practices in the management of stadium
There was no case of fraudulent malpractices on my phase within the choice by means of the governor to supervise the management of the stadium. The management has all the time been such that there were few revenues coming from there.
I was once in a roundabout way accountable for the management of the stadium because Rangers administration print and promote tickets all through suits. they only give the state government 15 per cent of the gross sales, which we pay straight to the Internally Generated revenue (IGR) account. we have now all of the documented receipts.
I don’t have any atom of fraud concerning the administration of the stadium.
when I took over, the stadium was very bushy, dirty and smelling that I needed to interact a cleaner. We pay from the dollars generated from those using the stadium for situations. previously, Rangers administration pay best N25,000 for the cleaning of the stadium after suits. It used to be not enough and we have to reinforce that from government purse.
His Excellency taking on the management of the stadium is for additional improvement, he desires to institute in the stadium. There used to be nothing like my involvement in fraudulent practice as a result of i’m not immediately involved in the daily working of actions in the stadium.
If i am found looking in any fraud in regards to the stadium, i am able to face the entire wrath of the legislation. I did so many issues there with my personal cash including bringing the pumping laptop from my house. The toilets were not working and that i needed to convey out my personal cash to repair them and other things there.
we’ve got maintained the stadium from the little money we get as proceeds which significant part of them go into the IGR account. The records are there to speak for me. It was once a case of the challenges that comes with success. Clear moral sense fears no accusation.
We fixed the generating units to make sure that those night time video games have been made that you can imagine.
most popular different ministry to sports
I take pleasure in the fact that God made it imaginable for me to be right here. I strongly imagine that it isn’t about cash but ardour for what i am doing. I express that passion anywhere I find myself.
If I find myself in every other ministry the next day to come, i will equally show myself there but i have my eyes on the ball for now to be sure that I leave the stage on high. I need to toughen sports activities in its entirety as a result of I don’t need individuals to remember me as Commissioner for Rangers instead of sports activities.