2016: Funding, Poor Accountability Bane Of Sports


The Federal Government says it is determined to continue with its current drive to sanitize the sports sector to make it more viable and credible to investors.

In his New Year message, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said that the sports sector recorded successes in 2016 which could be improved upon in the New Year with measures put in place to ensure transparency.

“In 2016, we recorded achievements in the Olympics and Paralympic Games. We have also improved in our football and basketball rankings by FIFA and FIBA.

“With Federal Government’s timely financial intervention, the Super Eagles have been able to start their World Cup campaign on a very strong footing with two victories recorded in two games.

We must also thank his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for paying special attention to the Super Eagles and Super Falcons despite the current economic situation following the recent payment of all outstanding allowances and bonuses” he said.

“The Minister noted that despite the successes recorded in football recently, it is unfortunate that the audit report in which the Nigeria Football Federation was indicted by FIFA is trying to dent the image of the country and football in general.

“The policy direction of the Ministry is that we will stop at nothing to preserve the image of Nigeria.

“Nigerians should also know the determination of government on issues of accountability, especially the FIFA audit report, to unravel all issues surrounding the report and all other monies associated with such practices which could bring the image of the country and Nigeria’s sports to disrepute.”

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