Ahead of the planned election into the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria on Monday, one of the aspirants vying for a place in the next board has bared his mind on the way forward for Track and Field in the country.
Solomon Aliyu, a high-ranking officer of the Nigeria Police Force and one of the National Hurdles coaches believes the AFN is in dire need of fresh hands and ideas not recycling the individuals who have at different times being culpable in the rot that has kept Track and Field in near comatose in the past years.
“Yes I am running for election into the next AFN Board as Technical Representative, we can’t really influence much of any positive change if we remain just onlookers,” Aliyu said at the weekend.
Aliyu who has been part of the Nigerian contingent to a number of international events including the Olympics warned against recycling old hands and expecting something different from them.
“The AFN needs to move forward and to move forward, the Federation needs people with fresh ideas not recycling the same people that have put us in this unfortunate place we have found ourselves.
Though Aliyu admits he is not all-knowing, he believes with the maximum support of his fellow coaches who he seeks to represent in the new board, then long-overdue changes can begin to come into the AFN.
“I alone don’t have the answer to all the problems in the federation but we all as coaches have the answer, so give me your blessing and your support let me be your voice to represent us in the next election. your support and constructive criticism is welcome anytime any day” Aliyu submitted.