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Sack Looms In Heartland FC

Posted: Nov 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tasie Theodore, Owerri

Fears abound that many administrative staff of the Owerri-based Heartland FC, may soon be forced into labour market.

Reasons: Following the tan mantling revelations and discovery made by the task force committee on sports facilities setup by the state government to look into their affairs and make proper recommendation to government.

While carrying out their duties, the committee invited the senior officials of the club for verification and presentation of their credentials. It was found out that the certificates they claimed they had were questionable. Some did not report for the verification because they did not have credentials to present to the committee. Investigations revealed that huge sums of money were squandered including the N28 million subventions given to the club. No proper records were kept as the monies were not properly accounted for. Even the N20 million given to Heartland FC as part of the GLO sponsorship of the league LMC released between march 9 and September 15, 2015 was not reflected any where in the club’s account. No proper records were kept in this regards.

The state task force committee chairman, Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo, who is the deputy speaker, Imo House of Assembly, had summoned a meeting with the sports writers, the former sports commissioner, Kenneth Emelu, and the GM, Prince Okey Ibeh, among others. Hon. Ugonna Ozuruigbo revealed that there was no single or proper record of any amount of the club that has been seen. He disclosed also that the sacking of the former GM, Chief FAN. Ndubuoke, was the hand work of the former Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Kenneth Emelu, and not Governor Rochas Okorocha as was speculated in some quarters.

According to him, Ndubuoke was given only N8 million and he won five trophies namely two F.A cup; which they won back to back; FA cup; third is charity cup and super four for the best clubs in the country. He regretted that the administration of Prince Okey Ibeh and youth and sports commissioner succeeded in squandering government money instead of doing the actual job for which they were asked to do.