Ekeji under fire

Patrick Ekeji

Fiery sports critic and former chairman of the Gombe State Football Federation, Shuaib Gara Gombe, has joined the long list of those calling for the prompt sacking of the current Director General of the National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji.

According to Mr Gombe the House Committee on sports has more than enough evidences already with them to recommend the sack of Mr. Ekeji and will be doing the country a great disservice if they chose to do otherwise.

“I have given them enough documents that will nail Ekeji and I know others have also done same. It will be surprising if the House Committee still feels that Ekeji should still continue in his position” he said.

“Ekeji must go and should also face the music for his misdeeds.”

In the dock

The past week has indeed been tough for Mr. Ekeji who has been under intense scrutiny by the House committee on sports.

The investigative sessions have brought about startling revelations such as the allocation of N1.2m to open a Facebook account for the NSC.

Mr. Ekeji has also be told  to explain how the N3.7 billion advanced to the Commission for the 10th All Africa Games, held in Maputo in 2011, was spent.

He is to also to defend the spending of N182,124,179,000 on the rehabilitation of the National Stadium in Lagos, which current state still leaves much to be desired.

Another N117,875,820.95 said to have been spent on the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (Liberty Stadium) Ibadan is also to be justified.

Mr. Ekeji also has the herculean task of  providing a warrant of approval by President Goodluck Jonathan for him to expend the sum of N350,000,000.00 from the yet to be approved 2012 Budget for the London 2012 Olympic Game.

The Facebook account of the NSC currently has only about 5000 fans.


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