By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus
Ilorin, Jan. 19, 2021 The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday expressed shock and sadness over the death of former Minister/Chairman of the defunct National Sports Commission, Bala Ka’oje.
Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communication, in a statement quoted the federation’s General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, as describing Ka’oje as a dignified and unassuming public servant.
”He was a dignified and unassuming public servant who showed great passion and interest in the development and improvement of sports in Nigeria,” Sanusi was quoted as saying.
Naija247news reports that Ka’oje is on record to have been involved in landmark events.
He conveyed to the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) (for onward conveyance to world football governing body FIFA) in February 2007 a document on the abrogation of Decree 101.
The decree was hitherto governing the administration of football in Nigeria.
This was with the government’s recognition of the approval by the NFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Statutes and its standing orders as the sole regulatory instrument for football administration in Nigeria.
In the letter dated Feb. 23, 2007, Ka’oje unambiguously stated that “the current board was elected under the current NFA Statutes and not under Decree 101.
”This showed the complete democratisation of the Association as specified by its statutes.
”With this development, it means the Statutes of the Association has taken effect in line with FIFA directive and has assumed a level of supreme document and operational guideline regulating the operations of the Association.”
Naija247news also reports that Ka’oje was born in Kebbi on Sept. 20, 1960, and earned a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University