In a historic move for Nigeria and the global motorsport community, two Nigerians, Michael Ango and Denen Ikya were recently elected as President and member respectively of the Ethics Committee of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).
Their elections, which were announced by the FIA President, Dr. Mohammed Ben Sulayem at the recently concluded Annual General Assembly in Bologna Italy, are in line with the vision of the FIA President to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within the Federation. With these elections, Nigeria has made history as the first African country to get the Presidency of the Ethics Committee of the FIA along with an additional membership seat.
In a press release issued by the President of the FIA, Michael Ango, a lawyer and Partner and Head of Tax Advisory and Regulatory Services at Andersen Nigeria was announced as the new President of the FIA Ethics Committee for a four year tenue commencing 1st January, 2023. Additionally, Denen Ikya, an Abuja based legal practitioner and Partner at Crest Hill Law Office, Abuja was elected as a member of the Committee alongside three other members, from Brazil and USA/Canada. With this election, Michael Ango becomes the first African President of the Ethics Committee since its creation as an organ of the FIA.
Mr. Ishaku Bamaiyi, the President of the Automobile and Touring Club of Nigeria (ATCN), the Nigerian affiliate of the FIA through which Mr. Ango and Mr. Ikya were nominated for the posts stated that the election of the two Nigerians into what he referred to as an important standing Committee of the FIA, is a major milestone for the Club, Nigeria and Africa. He said this was a culmination of the efforts of the ATCN to put Nigeria on the global map of Automobile Mobility and Tourism, and World Motor Sport. He noted that Mr. Ango and Mr. Ikya were elected on merit and in order to deepen the knowledge and resource base of the FIA, in line with the vision of the President of the FIA, Mohammed Ben Sulayem to make the FIA, a knowledge-led federation with world-class governance and which continues to empower Clubs, Members, and the World Councils.
Michael Ango and Denen Ikya, who are both legal practitioners and 2003 graduates of the Nigerian Law School, have resumed their positions with effect from 1st January, 2023 and will superintend the functions of the Committee for the next four years. With their election, Nigeria is expected to benefit by having a stronger voice in the global motorsport regulation and governance and in encouraging investments and tourism opportunities in Motorsport and Mobility.