The Kaduna State government has inaugurated a nine-man technical committee as the new management board to oversee the activities of Nigeria Premier League side Kaduna United.
The state’s commissioner for Youth and Sports, Bashir Zubairu Usman said that the committee would be headed by him, while Garba Lawal (MON) who is also the new General Manager of the team is a member of the committee.
Other members include a former FIFA referee Alex Mana, the National and Kaduna state ALGON chairman Danjuma Akuso and a previous board member of the dissolved Kaduna United, Ben Omale.
Others on the board are former general manager of the team, Hon Sabo Babayero, Alhaji Magaji Aliyu, Mallam Adamu Jibril Aliyu and Deputy Director of Sports, Mr. Elisha S. Yashim all as members.
The commissioner in his address to the committee said the ministry understood that there were a lot of problems associated with Kaduna United hence the need to dissolve and reconstitute a new board which metamorphosed to technical committee.
“Whenever there is a change of administration there must be a change of programmes and activities and in that aspect, myself, the permanent secretary and other members of this ministry understand that Kaduna United have been suffering for a very long period and we are not blaming anybody, rather we want to forge ahead,” Zubairu said.
He said the ministry and the technical committee are supposed to make the people of Kaduna state proud and happy when the 2014 Premier League finally kicks off on March 7, stressing that, “this is the reason why a decision was taken to write a memo to Governor Tijjani Ramalan Yero proposing for the reconstitution of a new board with a view to tackling those problems that are so glaring.”
The commissioner told the press that the governor responded by saying he has no objection for the reconstitution of the board.
“That is why the former board was dissolved and replaced by a technical committee and will take responsibility of the board. Every member of this technical committee was appointed based on merit because he is deemed to be fit to contribute to the development of football in Kaduna state in particular and the country as a large.
“When I was appointed as the state commissioner for sports and had a discussion with my permanent secretary and asked him about the position of Kaduna United he told me he has a lot to tell me. I forwarded a memo to the governor based on our discussions and this is where we found ourselves today,” the Chiroman Birnin Gwari said.
The Crocodiles will travel down to Umuahia to play newly promoted Abia Warriors on March 7.