By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has called on the chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation to submit a comprehensive proposal of programs of the federation for 2017 to the Ministry by January with all requests for intervention, to make way for scrutiny, effective planning and to avoid embarrassments, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
According to Dalung, the Super Falcons' publicly embarked on a protest for their entitlements which could have been averted if the Football house had managed the situation according to Dalung.
Dalung, in his address at the 72nd General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation held in Lagos on Sunday, praised the NFF for the triumph of the Super Falcons at the recently concluded Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, as well as the successes recorded so far by the Super Eagles in their qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup.
He also revealed that his office has been besieged with reports suggesting that the board of the NFF is divided over the issue of President Pinnick Amaju contesting for a seat in the Confederation of African Football CAF.
"It is a policy of government to support and encourage Nigerians to vie and aspire for positions in international organizations. However, such persons must possess the requisite qualification and the wherewithal to succeed," Dalung stated in his speech.
"So it was heartwarming when I received a letter from the president of NFF Mr Amaju Pinnick declaring his interest to vie for a position in CAF. The NFF is hereby directed to avail the ministry with the minutes of the meeting where Mr Pinnick's nomination for a CAF seat was discussed and approved so as to put the records straight. If our quest for a CAF seat is to materialize, then the NFF President will need the support of everybody."
He also spoke on the report he received from the NFF raising queries on FIFA's audit report of $1.1m FIFA development grant to the NFF.
"According to the report, FIFA has withheld all development funds to Nigeria for lack of proper documentation of $802,000 out of the funds released to the NFF.
"This is a very serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment, moreso that the present administration under the leadership of Mr President Muhammadu Buhari has zero tolerance for any act of misappropriation, misapplication, embezzlement or fraud in any guise.
"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 to promote transparency, build credibility and enhance your market value." Dalung said.