Unmasking Nigeria’s New Sports Minister


The appointment of Senator John Owan Eno as the new Minister of Sports for Youths and Development by President Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday may have come as a surprise to many sports-loving Nigerians, Reelradio.com.ng reports.

He replaced former Sports Minister, Hon Sunday Dare that only served in Buhari’s first and second tenure as President.

Senator John Owan, who became the 36th Sports Minister in Nigerian sports history, wasted no time as he will moved swiftly into action in Sports sector of Nigeria.

Although some sports pundits expected the President to have appointed a minister that has wide knowledge about sports in general, however, there seems to be some sense of hope that his administration would reshape the decadency nature of sports in Nigeria.


John Owan Enoh, Senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District was born on June 4, 1966 to the family of late Chief Louis Owan Enoh in Agbokim Waterfalls, Etung Local Government Area of Cross River State.

John Enoh Age

John Enoh is 57 years old.

John Enoh Early Life

John Owan Enoh had his early education at St. Gregory Primary School, Agbokim Waterfalls and St. Augustine Junior Seminary, Abakaliki, in the present Ebonyi State. His enrolment into the Junior Seminary was in anticipation of joining the Catholic priesthood. However, God had a different path for him as his younger brother, Rev. Fr Anthony Achime Owan later became a Roman Catholic Priest.

He thereafter proceeded to the University of Calabar where he graduated with a degree in Sociology, he also later obtained a Master’s degree in Demography from the same university and was immediately employed as a lecturer.

John Enoh Career

In 1999, John Enoh, running on the platform of All Peoples Party ( APP) won the bid to represent Etung Constituency at the Cross River State House of Assembly.

In 2003, he contested for representative position of his Constituency at the Federal House of Reps on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. While there at the Lower House, he became the Vice Chairman, House Committee on Finance. He returned again in 2007 and later became Chairman of the Finance Committee.

In 2011, having made it to the House of Reps for a record third term, he was made Chairman of the Appropriation Committee of the house.

As Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Enoh was one of the arrowheads behind the establishment of the Budget Office and the setting up of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) through an Act of parliament.

In the 2015 elections, John Owan Enoh contested for the senatorial seat and was declared the winner of the Cross River State Central Senatorial District.

He beat Dr Sandy Onor of the Labour Party to become the senator for Cross River Central.

By and large, the new Sports Minister may have little about sports, however, there is always a room for understanding and improvement in order to achieve a better result.

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