President Muhammadu Buhari. Twitter.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of pioneer managerial staff of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC Region 2) Headquarters in Nigeria.

Buhari announced this on Wednesday while declaring open the 1st session of the West African Ministers of Sports Council Meeting currently holding in Abuja.

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The president was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan.

Buhari explained that the reason he approved the directive is to facilitate the easy take-off of the AUSC Region 2 Permanent Headquarters/Secretariat which is situated in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He also directed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, to accord Diplomatic status to the AUSC Region 2 Headquarters and its Secretariat staff.

Buhari said: “I have directed the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to engage few pioneers in the managerial staff to facilitate the take-off of the African Union Sports Council region 2 Permanent Secretariat, and pay them in line with personnel scheme of the service of the African Union Commission.”

The president stated that Nigeria places great premium on sports development, hence its acceptance to host the maiden edition of the West African Ministers of Sports Council Meeting in order to provide the needed platform for the sub-region to hit the ground running through the formulation and implementation of ground-breaking and insightful sports policies.