Nige­ria min­is­ter or­ders probe of FA fi­nances

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Nige­rian Sports Min­is­ter Solomon Dalung has or­dered a probe into the fi­nances of the coun­try’s foot­ball fed­er­a­tion af­ter FIFA sus­pended fur­ther grants to the body. Dalung said at the week­end it was wor­ry­ing that FIFA had halted devel­op­ment grants to Nige­ria pend­ing ex­pla­na­tion on how a pre­vi­ous $1.1 mil­lion (1.05 mil­lion euros) was utilised.

“This is a very se­ri­ous is­sue that must be given ur­gent at­ten­tion to avoid an­other in­ter­na­tional em­bar­rass­ment, more so that the present ad­min­is­tra­tion... has zero tol­er­ance for any act of mis-ap­pro­pri­a­tion, mis­ap­pli­ca­tion, em­bez­zle­ment or fraud in any guise,” said the min­is­ter. “To this end, the NFF is di­rected to im­me­di­ately pro­vide my of­fice with de­tailed in­for­ma­tion of re­ceipt, dis­burse­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion of the FIFA devel­op­ment grant ac­cord­ingly.”

He called on the NFF to ap­point a rep­utable au­dit firm to look into its books. “The au­dit re­port must be made public so as to pro­mote trans­parency, build cred­i­bil­ity and en­hance your mar­ket value,” the min­is­ter told the NFF. The NFF how­ever in­sisted its ac­counts were in or­der. “The au­dited ac­count of the Fed­er­a­tion for the year, as au­dited by Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers, an in­ter­na­tion­ally rep­utable au­dit firm, was pre­sented and adopted at the Gen­eral As­sem­bly,” it said.

Dalung has al­ways ac­cused the NFF of poor plan­ning ahead of ma­jor in­ter­na­tional events. He re­called how the gov­ern­ment had to re­lease 100 mil­lion naira ($317,000, 304,000 euros) at the last minute to en­sure the Su­per Ea­gles hon­our a 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier in Zam­bia. “We must im­prove on the way we do things. We can­not be writ­ing emer­gency memos to the Pres­i­dent. Per­son­ally, I’m not too com­fort­able (with that),” he said. The na­tional women’s team, the Su­per Fal­cons, staged a two-week protest re­cently in Abuja be­fore their bonuses for win­ning the women’s Africa Cup of Na­tions were paid. — AFP

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