Reps give NFA 7-day ultimatum to account for sponsorship grants

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The House Representatives’ Committee on Sports has given the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, a seven-day ultimatum to submit details of monies received from domestic and international sponsors in 2014.

Godfrey Gaiya, Chairman of the committee, consequently did not allow the association’s representatives to defend its 2015 budget proposals, saying that should wait until the disclosure of the monies.

He said grants received from FIFA and CAF must also be accounted for, explaining that the NFA’s performance report for 2014 was incomplete without such disclosures.

Mr. Gaiya said the NFA risked being referred to the House’s Committee on Public Accounts for such monies to be tracked and properly accounted for.

“The NFA report for 2014 is not complete. What they brought is strictly funds they received from government. But the powers of the committee translate beyond just monies from government.

“Every agency of government must give us a full disclosure of all monies collected within the year in review and, for 2014, we know there were so many other sources of revenue which the NFA has not disclosed.

“For example, they didn’t tell us what they collected from FIFA. We participated in the 2014 World Cup and they never showed us whether or not they collected any money from FIFA.

“If they collected, they should have shown to us the collection and utilisation. In addition, we know they have sponsors like adidas which kit the national teams, and this comes with something.

“We also know that they have relationship with Globacom, and such a relationship must have a Naira value.

“We know too that they have deals with Guinness and other sundry agencies and other corporate bodies,’’ Gaiya said.
“If the NFA is not able to show the totality of monies received and how they were spent for 2014, the action means the association’s leadership is not ready for the 2015 budget.’’

He said the NFA has no right to withhold or spend any money it generated, without such money being appropriated by the National Assembly.

“This is a Constitutional matter. Section 80 of our Constitution has empowered the National Assembly to track down every kobo coming into this country.

“Whether or not it is a gift it has to be explained, especially when the receiving body is an agency that has a quasi-government presence.

“NFA is a body under government, so even if somebody has given it money in the year 2014, such money should have been reflected in the totality of the money coming into NFA.

“The body which gave it such amount of money can decide tomorrow to ask government how such money was utilised.
“FIFA money is known to be for football development and when you want to develop football, we in the sector should know how it was used,’’ Gaiya said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the leadership of the National Institute for Sports (NISports) was also given a seven-day ultimatum by the committee.

It asked the NISports leadership to furnish the committee with details of its generated revenues.

The committee also demanded a detailed explanation of the N127 million contract it awarded for a tartan track at the Abuja National Stadium and the N5 million for computers.

It also wants the NISports to submit the nominal role of its staff, for the legislative body to know exactly how much was being expended on the payment of workers’ salaries. (NAN)

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