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Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Crusade Berths At Sports Ministry

Posted: Mar 9, 2016 at 11:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war has now berthed at the Sports Ministry following presidency request for the retirement of the over N2.7 billion released to the ministry in the last one year.

The said funds were for the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
The Presidency, we learnt, requested for how the money was spent when the sports ministry asked for funds for the Rio Olympics in Brazil next August.

The source hinted that following the demand for fund for the Rio Games, the Presidency asked that detailed report of how the N2.7 billion released last year be made available before any money would be released.
“The Federal Government bluntly refused to grant the ministry’s request for money until it explains how the money already earmarked for the Games was spent.”

It demanded that the NSC, which has been stripped of independence and reduced to five departments under the Ministry of Sports, account for the huge sum or forget the Rio Games.

The development, according to the source, has caused a row in the ministry, as some alleged that the removal of Alhasan Yakmut, former NSC Director General, might not be unconnected with the manner the amount was spent.
Consequently, it was gathered that Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Sports, has summoned the former boss of NSC to explain how the said money was spent.

Incidentally, during the preparation for the All Africa Games in 2015, several sports associations bemoaned inadequate funding.
For example, in an interview with the boxing coach, Tony Konyegwachi, preparatory to the Games in 2015, he rued lack of fund for effective training of the athletes, then begging the NSC to intervene timely.

The development has put Nigeria’s participation to the Rio Games under serious threat, as the Federal Government is bent on unearthing the how the money was disbursed.

The Presidency source said the Federal Government has washed its hands clean of the Rio Games until the Ministry accounts for the use of the N2.7 billion, which covers the Rio Olympics.

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