The newly confirmed Deputy Sports Minister, Henry B. Yonton, Jr., has assured sporting associations and related institutions of a cordial working relationship.
The former diminutive midfield maestro of 2nd division outfit Kardinal FC, said in an interview that he made the commitment during a meeting with heads of sporting associations.
He stressed that he has come to the position with an absolute and unconditional love for sports owing to his stint on the field and on the administrative bench.
Deputy Minister Yonton said chief amongst the stakeholders’ grievances is the delay of their budgetary allocations.
He also made mention of the most popular sporting event, the National County Meet, which is always marred with protests over the fielding of illegal players.
Mr. Yonton, who boasted of being a good team player, manager and leader, said he has also assured employees at the Ministry of a cordial working relationship and would solicit and listen to technical advice but he believes in the hands-on-job style, approach with follow ups on instructions.
He also said he believes in the chain-of-command, fairness, transparency, accountability and respect.
However, Mr. Yonton disclosed that he has already submitted a three-month’s plan to Minister Eugene Nagbe for approval for the advancement of sports in the country for the fiscal year June 30.
“After the passage of the 2014/2015 Fiscal Budget, I will do an annual plan, and that plan would focus on the progress of sports in the country,” Mr. Yonton said.
He stated that in other to address the protest prone County Meet, Counties would be instructed to provide the listing of their players in all the disciplines at least a month to the National County Meet to enable the Ministry to adequately verify their status.
“I can assure you I will be loved by everyone, because I am a good team player, a good teammate and leader,” Mr. Yonton opined.
He added: “I am not here to run parallel office to my bosses, am here to support them to run the Ministry…and I am ready to face the challenge.”
Minister Yonton is also the Vice President of and player of the Alpha Oldtimer Association.
He was formerly Assistant Minister for Administration at the Planning Ministry and replaced former Dionysius Sebwe.