The Supporters Club Secretary General said it would save cost in the long run.
An official of the Nigeria Football and Other Sports Supporters Club has defended the club’s plan to purchase a private aircraft saying it would reduce the high cost of travelling to support the national teams.
The Secretary-General of the club, Samuel Ikpea, said on Monday in Lagos that the purchase of the plane would also facilitate the prompt implementation of its mandate of supporting the country’s sports teams, wherever they competed.
Mr. Ikpea said that the idea had not been fully discussed by members of the club.
He said it was laudable, considering the huge amount spent on attending international competitions.
“This project, though not yet deliberated upon by the members, has a lot of benefits for the club in performing its duties for the entire country.
“Of course, the tiring process of boarding commercial aircraft would be bygone, as well as all forms of delays we used to suffer with commercial flights.
“In addition, the huge sum of money spent on travelling would be reduced and we will be able to mobilise more supporters to cheer our teams to victory in any competition,’’ he said.
Mr. Ikpea added that the aircraft, which would also operate commercial flights, would generate income for the club to carry out some of its programmes.
“It will be a source of income for our club and whatever is generated will be used for its maintenance and to carry out some projects which inadequate funding has impeded,’’ he said.
The President of the Club, Rafiu Ladipo, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the club would solicit for funds to buy the private aircraft.
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