JOHN Owan Enoh was named as the new minister of sports development by President Bola Tinubu yesterday as new ministers were assigned portfolios.
The new man at the helm of Nigerian sports replaces Sunday Dare, who was youth and sports development minister under the last administration, his tenure ending on May 29.
Enoh, who is from Cross River State, is the 36th person to be in charge of Nigerian sports since Independence in 1960, although he has no notable sporting pedigree.
He was a senator representing the Cross River State Central Senatorial District from 2015 to 2019 and a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until May 2017 when he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Enoh ran for Cross River State governor in 2019 but lost to Ben Ayade.
He was born in 1966 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from University of Calabar (1988) and a Master’s degree from the same institution.
He lectured at his alma mater for seven years until 1999 when he ventured into politics and became a member of the Cross River State House of Assembly.
Enoh was also in the Federal House of Representatives for the Obubra/Etung federal constituency from 2003 to 2015 before moving up to the Senate.
Apart from politics, Enoh has interests in agriculture and owns farms where he grows food and rears livestock.