A Nigerian sports administrator and long-time sports editor, Olajide Fashiku has called on minister of sports to institute an independent committee to probe the allegations of financial improprieties and maladministration leveled against the officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) since 2010.
In a petition to the minister, Fashikun, who was once a group sports editor of Thisday newspaper, insisted that government needs to know what happened to billion of naira allocated to the leadership of the NFF since 2010 with a view to bringing about the desired changes that Nigeria’s sports deserves.
The areas that Fashikun wants the Federal Government to investigate include the $2 million paid by the Federal Government and $8 million paid by FIFA for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as some players are still claiming that they have not received their share of the participation, having played in the qualifiers without playing in the finals; the $1 million reserved by the Sani Abdullahi-led board for the furnishing of the Sunday Dankaro House and secretariat of the NFF in Package B at the National Stadium, Abuja; the N790 million for the 2013 African Cup of Nations; the N170 million received for the 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil and the money paid by FIFA for the same.
He wants the government to similarly probe the $1.5 million grant given by FIFA to prepare the team, the Super Eagles for the 2014 World Cup; proceeds from the sponsorship deals with Globacom, Guiness, TomTom, Peak Milk and Adidas; N1.288 billion being the sum of the monthly subvention received from government from January 2013 to June 2014; N850 million received from government for the preparation and participation of the Super Eagles in the fifirst round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the $8 million and $6 million expected revenue from FIFA for playing in the first round and qualifying for the round of 16 respectively.
“If Nigeria football must be saved and helped to progress without committing the same error in the future, and as a measure to prevent this from repeating itself, given as a deterrence, you must act in good faith,” Fashikun charged the minister.
According to him, since Football is one of the 26 sectors under the purview of the minister and for the fact that Nigeria are too emotional and passionate about football, it is urgent that a probe be initiated to address the anomalies in the system.
“It is sad and unjustifiable that monies taken from the public till is being fritted away for unnecessary and under developmental purposes.”
He is of the view that if the NFF board had used the funds available to them judiciously “the eventual protest by the players that embarrassed the nation would have been avoided. The cost of that embarrassment cannot be quantified in monitary term.”