More trouble for Ekeji

Patrick Ekeji

The embattled Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Patrick Ekeji, might be in for more trouble with the latest development stemming from the ongoing House Committee on Sports probe into the past spending of the sports body.

Mr. Ekeji in his budget defense had told the House that the NSC donated the sum of N500m to Kaduna State as host of the 16th National Sports festival.

No deal

In a swift reaction, Sehu Musa, who was the then sports commissioner in Kaduna and also the chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Games, denied the receipt of such grants from the NSC.

‘To the best of my knowledge I am not aware of such transaction. I don’t know of any N500m donation from the NSC and I doubt if it was given directly to the state government. If that was done, I was the then sports commissioner would be aware,” Mr. Musa, who is now a board member of the Nigeria football Federation, said.

More lies?

While the House will be trying to unravel the true position of things as regards the said N500m donation, the House Committee Chairman on sports, Godfrey Gaiya, also revealed that he and the members of his committee will next week begin an inspection tour of mini sports centers across the country allegedly being constructed by the NSC.


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