The Nigerian government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, says it has spent in regards to three billion naira on the Super Eagles’s qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola made this known while addressing newsmen amid the Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA’s) month to month stay in shape practice held (monthly keep up exercise) at the National Stadium, Abuja.
The N3 billion spent by the government was not comprehensive of the incredible billion of naira spent by the Akwa Ibom State government in facilitated every single Super Eagle’s home matches amid the qualifiers, and FIFA’s concede for the world glass qualifiers to every single taking an interest group.
Adesola, who was responding to the questionable bill before the National Assembly looking for self-governance for the leading body of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by annul the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Act for the NFF Act, said the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, spent the astounding N3 billion to guaranteed Nigeria’s capability for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
He demanded that it isn’t sensible for government to hands off on organization of football in the nation and remains the lender of NFF’s exercises and projects.
“The position of government is very clear on the NFF bill before the National Assembly. When you are funding someone, the person can’t just say hands off me.
“For the qualification of Nigeria for the Russia 2018 World Cup, government committed about N3 billion to ensure our qualification. With that level of commitment and NFF been in the annual budget of the government for both their capital and overhead cost, it is therefore not logical to say government should have nothing to do with the federation. That doesn’t sound reasonable”
Adesola expressed further that, in opposition to the reasons given by the NFF for interest for the new demonstration, there is no requirement for such since the football body has all the free hands it needed to run football in the nation.
He said government has kept on managing NFF and even reserve it regardless of the way that it has no legitimate support yet.
The way the NFF is constituted there is little or no input from the government despite the fact that they are being funded through the budget as a parastatal but they still ambush government by relying on some non-existent laws.
“FIFA does not fund the NFF completely yet they use it to harass government, this is robbing Peter to pay Paul. For instance the NFF has not shown capacity of prudent management over the years,” he included.