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Published On: Tue, Sep 16th, 2014

I have no regrets in my decisions as DG –Ekeji

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Dr Patrick EkejiBy Albert Akota

Former Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Patrick Ekeji has insisted that he has no regret in whatever action he took why in office, saying all the decisions he took were for the interest of the generality of Nigerians and the country.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday about his new book, title ‘The Odyssey of Green Eagles’ that will be coming out soon, he said all the decisions he took were well thought out and was never in a hurry to take them.

“No, no, no, I have no any regret. Every decision I took why in office I thought through it. I didn’t took any rash decision and I wasn’t in hurry to took decision. Before I take a hard decision I would have consider so many options and given many opportunities.

In any case, if you are a Major General in a battle field you can’t afford to be a mistake. If you are in a position of authority to take decision, you have take decision. No decision that you take as a person in the helm of affair that will go down with the generality of people, but you got a decision you have to take the decision.

“We have a Head of State who said you better take wrong decision than not taking decision at all. There is nothing did here in term of taking decision that I will say I should have done it other way round,” he stated.

He said his new book, Odyssey of Green Eagles which will be made public next month at the NUJ House, Abuja, is a transient of his life as a sports person and sports administrator, stating that it will a reference points for today sports managers, students and individuals.

“It is a book that captures the transient of my life up till this moment, style of my growing up, activities as sports person, administrator and a lot of my footprint in sports development.

“It contains lessons for youths, parents, students and today sports administrators. At one point, it is a story and another point, it is a reference documents. Everything in the book is fascinating. I can’t bring out something that is not fascinating. For instance, Nigeria won the All African Games in 2013 and it didn’t happened by accident. I also mention for instance, the beginning of democracy in the establishment of our sports managers. It started with me in Imo State. Imo State had the first election into State FA before I now came up to practicalised. I also mention something on the new NFA headquarters building. There is a story on Team Nigeria also and how it all started.”

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