Para -Powerlifting Crisis: I Resigned Because Ministry Of Sports Bullied Me – Queen Uboh-Idris …No, You Must Work According To Laws – Ministry
By Amaechi Agbo
Former President of the of Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation, NPPF Queen Uboh-Idris has explained the rational behind her resignation form the position she held for three years, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Mrs Uboh-Idris first thanked the International Paralympic Committee, IPC the First Lady of Nigeria, Dr Aisha Buhari and their partners for the support in ensuring the success of the Abuja 2020 Para-powerlifting World Cup.
However, Mrs Uboh-Idris lamented that despite her efforts to host a successful event, certain individuals in some quarters decided to fly negative stories.
Explaining why she threw in the towel after the World Cup which had poor media coverage, Mrs Uboh-Idris told newsmen that she was bullied and intimidated to resign by ministry of sports officials and NPPF board members
“I sent my resignation letter to the ministry on Feb. 7 and my reasons for resignation was because I was psychologically and emotionally traumatized by the actions of the Minister Sunday Dare, Perm. Sec. Gabriel Aduda and some members of the NPPF board”.
“I have been bullied and intimidated by the said people and have been verbally assaulted by Mrs Tayo Oreweme, a director in the ministry.”
On why she failed to work with the ministry before, during and after the World Cup, Mrs Uboh-Idris said
the ministry excluded itself from the just concluded Para Powerlifting World Cup in Abuja.
“The ministry did not bring money for the world cup. I wrote to the ministry sometime in August last year, informing them of this competition but they told me they don’t have money”.
*You Must Work According To Laws – Ministry*
Reacting to the suspended NPPF president’s story, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in a release Wednesday condemned in strong terms the action of the suspended President of the Para-Power Lifting Federation Mrs Queen Uboh-Idris for embarrassing the country, even as she has been directed to explain the damaging actions she took against the interest of the country.
In a release made available to our correspondent, the ministry alleged that Queen committed infractions that ran against extant laws that govern sports in the country.
“Queen reportedly used her private e-mail for official correspondence, committed Nigeria to the hosting of three world cups without recourse to procedure or clearance from the Ministry as the supervising authority, and unilaterally set up committees without input from the Ministry.
“It was further disclosed that she appointed a consultant without informing the supervising Ministry, denied athletes accreditation, locked out officials, even as she withheld information on the number of participating countries until the start of the tournament.
“The Ministry said all these infractions embarrassed the country. The Ministry affirmed that her actions disrespected the country and must be corrected in order not to send the wrong signals to the International Community.
“The Ministry is aware that the board of Para Powerlifting has stepped into the matter and the Ministry is monitoring what is happening.