Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL), Joseph Nyande has called on the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) to unite and schedule a date for their elective congress.
Nyande’s plea came just days after the SLAA General Secretary, Dauda Sundufu Sowa in a correspondence reminded the association’s President, Abdul Karim Sesay and other Executive Members about their duty to the sports and the fact that their mandates expired on Friday 3rd April 2015 and that a Constitutional procedures has to take place for an election to either re-new their mandates or give way to another executive.
The NOC-SL scribe in reply to Sowa’s email say: “Dear Mr. Sowa, acknowledging receipt of email. The NOC will be ready to attend when called upon wishing you a very smooth and successful process.”
Nevertheless, SLAA VP Emric Cole’s reaction to Sowa’s earlier email forced the NOC-SL Secretary General to call for unity and the association fix a congress date in accordance with their constitution.
“Dear Mr.Cole, acknowledging receipt of your email. Hope all of you could come together and come up with a date that will be convenient to your association based on your constitution. I am wishing you people a successful congress. The NOC will always assure you of its support at all times,” Nyande stated.
The Karim led administration are already facing lot of criticism for violating the Association’s constitution.
Last week the marketing officer and Organizing Secretary of Western Area Athletics Association (WAAA) Samuel Jalloh who also double as the President of Action Star Athletics Club (ASAC) has accused Karim and co. of contravening article 15 (1) of the association’s Constitution.
Jalloh stated that the said article states: “The congress shall be the supreme body of the association and shall be held during the month of January each year at a time and place to be decided by the executive committee; and 15 (3) states that a special congress may be convened on written request of two third of the members of the congress.”