The General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied claims by the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung that it misappropriated the FIFA grant and development fund given to it.
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The communique read:
“The Congress expressed satisfaction with the explanation provided by the Executive Committee on a number of issues raised by the Minister of Youth & Sports (Barr. Solomon Dalung) at the opening ceremony (division within the Board, FIFA Audit Query and late submission of memos), and submitted that the Minister was misinformed about the activities of the Board.
“Congress noted the submission of the Executive Committee that at no time previously (official or unofficially) did the Minister raise these issues with the NFF leadership to obtain clarification, which the Federation would have gladly provided, just as it did to the House Committee on Sports during a recent sitting on its budget performance and budget proposal.
“Indeed, 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.”
The Ministry was last week in the spotlight for the failure of the NFF to pay the Super Falcons their entitlements during their qualifying phase and their participation at the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), which they eventually won.
Standing before the House of Representatives committee on sports to defend allocations to the sports ministry, Dalung said:
“Before we left for Rio, we wrote and requested for the release of monies appropriated for in the budget and it has not been released for the federations.
“Four hundred and fifty million naira (N450,000,000) was appropriated for Olympics, then we spent far far far beyond that, so… monies that were given to the federation could not have been monies meant for Olympics.”
The Sports minister concluded by telling the house that “the funds “spended” were properly “spended” because we got them from intervention funds.”
The Assembly also on Sunday passed a vote of confidence on its President, Amaju Pinnick at its Annual General Assembly in Lagos.