The newly elected Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Mr. Banji Oladapo, on Monday resumed official duties at the secretariat of the Olympic Committee inside the National Stadium Complex in Lagos, after the mantle of authority was passed to him by the outgoing Secretary General, Honourable Tunde Popoola, whose 8 years reign came to a end in December at the NOC elections in Yola, Adamawa State.
The brief ceremony which took place at the conference room of the Nigeria Olympic Committee was witnessed by the NOC President, Engr. Habu Gumel and top management staff of the NOC.
Popoola, who was Secretary of the NOC for 8 years thanked Engr Gumel, the board of NOC and members of the media for their support during his time in office.
He said: “It was an interesting 8 years in office and a very great moment of my life where I can boldly say I left my mark on the sand of time.
“During my tenure, we went far in marketing and branding of the NOC as an entity which I believe can be improved upon.”
Speaking further, Popoola described the incoming Secretary General as an elder brother who stood by him during his tenure as he promised to always be around to contribute his quota to the development of sports and the Olympic family.
The new NOC Sec Gen stressed on the need to continue with the legacy of the Olympic movement while promises an all inclusive and innovative Secretariat.
“2019 is a busy year for us on the international stage which will dovetail into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. All hands must be on deck to ensure that we ably represent Nigeria.
“This is a selfless service to humanity as we continue to grow sports and reposition the NOC to a viable brand,” Oladapo said, noting that Popoola remained a relevant member of the family and will continue to contribute his quota where necessary.