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The Authority >> Social Background

The government and management structures of the NSC have benefited greatly under the country’s democratic dispensation. For over two decades, the Chief Executive position was filled mostly with military personnel with the board unable to exercise its directing authority. Invariably, the occupants of Chief Executive Position operated in acting capacity. This did not make a long time planning, creativity and initiative. Beside all these, there was no room for succession planning since placement at management level was often arbitrary.


Under constitutional democracy however, the Board has been empowered with sufficient autonomy to act and exact accountability.

There are also regular interactions between the NSC and such international sports bodies like FIFA, IHF, IAAA, IOC, ANOCA, among others. These international relations help the council to seek support by way of technical assistance, exchange programmes, aid and best practices in sports.

At the local level, most national festivals create avenues for participation in various sporting activities. The keep-fit concept continues to grow. And sports continue to play a major part in the educational curricula; from basic to tertiary levels. All these, provide opportunities for the NSC to enhance sport development in the country. The NSC needs to respond to the changing demographic trends of the country by adapting these existing structures. For example, the age of performance has moved from basic to second cycle schools to the tertiary levels as a result of the reduction in the number of years students spend in pre-tertiary school. The NSC, aware of its role, would facilitate the positioning of facilities, equipment, trainers and coaches at strategic locations for use by clusters of tertiary institutions.

The Growth of mass media, among other stakeholders, continues to have both tonic and toxic effect on sports development. It is critical that a strategic partnership is formed with the mass media for the sole purpose of marketing the sporting potential and capabilities of the country. The NSC may set the stage through regular dissemination of is strategic and tactical plans, planned briefs and debriefs of its programmes as well as its activities.

In a similar vein, the Parliamentary Sun-Committee on sports should be courted by the NSC to play a pivotal role in redefining the activities of the Council and its affiliated sports associations for the greater good of the country. Based on such good relations, the NSC may get support for its legal restructuring as well as its funding requirements form Parliament. Adequate funding for the Council’s programmes will yield better results, which may create visibility for the Council.

 

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