The country’s sports minister has criticized the football ruling house for their poor way of handling the payment of Falcons’ entitlements
Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has blamed the Nigeria Football Federation’s handling of the delay in the payment of the Super Falcons’ entitlements after their triumph at the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Dalung who declared open the 72nd Annual General Assembly of the NFF and did not mince words at the way the football house treated issues relating to request of funds from the federal government for competitions.
“It is worthy of mention that the delay in the payment of the Super Falcons entitlements which degenerated into a national embarrassment could have been averted if the NFF effectively managed the situation,” disclosed Dalung.
“The NFF has formed the habit of requesting for funds for its programme at very short notice and thereafter resort to blackmail to hasten the approval and release of such funds from government. We cannot continue to administer our football in this manner any longer.”
He however directed the NFF to submit its comprehensive programmes for 2017 to the Ministry of Youth and Sports by January with all requests for interventions for scrutiny and effective planning.
Dalung also raised dust regarding the alleged FIFA audit report which hinted that the NFF misappropriated 802,000 dollars of the 1.1 million dollars FIFA’s development grant and he has directed the football house to immediately furnish his office with detailed information of receipt and disbursement.
“I received a report from the NFF intimating me of the FIFA’s audit report which raised queries on the management of the 1.1 million dollars FIFA’s development grant to the NFF. According to the report, FIFA withheld all development funds to Nigeria for lack of proper documentation of 802,000 dollars out of the funds released to NFF. This is a very serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment.
“To this end, the NFF is directed to immediately provide my office with detail information of receipt, disbursement and application of the FIFA development grant accordingly. In addition, a reputable audit firm should be appointed urgently to check the account books of the Federation to ensure that funds are judiciously expended. The audit report must be made public so as to promote transparency, build credibility and enhance your market value.”