By Patrick Omorodion
Many of Dr. Amos Adamuâ€™s friends think I love to hate him. That I have never seen anything good in the sports administrator with many lives. He is one man donning different garbs as far as sports is concerned.
From being director of sports development in the sports ministry, he has held so many other positions including being a sole administrator of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA during the reign of Ondo High Chief, Alex Akinyele as Executive Chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC, who sacked the board of the football body at the time.
The Oyo, or is it Kebbi born administrator, has climbed further to become Executive Committee member of both the continental and worldâ€™s football governing bodies, CAF and FIFA respectively. Not long ago, he added another feather, President of the West African Football Union (WAFU) to his many caps. Anything I have written about Dr Adamu was not borne out of hatred but because he did many things wrong, to the detriment of Nigerian sports.
However, last Thursday in Lagos, Dr. Adamu said on a Continental Radio FM sports programme anchored by burly Effiong Nyom, something which I have often written on these pages but which NFA officials often denied or berated me for.
This thank you to Dr. Adamu is however not because the WAFU he heads is organinsing a football competition for a region which has vast football potentials but lackÂ good administrative management. If any thanks must go to anybody for the WAFU show, it is the Ogun State government that is coughing out the funds to support the development of the sport and youths in the region.
In explaining why no tear should be shed for Togo over her ban by CAF, Dr Adamu said that CAF provides teams flight tickets to the venue of its competition and therefore the Togo FA had no reason whatsoever to take its national team by road to the venue of the Africa Nations Cup matches in Angola laast January.
Many listeners on that day may have glossed over that statement but didnâ€™t know that it revealed a lot about the NFA, which over the years, presented bogus budgets to government for participating in events like the Nations Cup and World Cup.
If CAF does this, it means FIFA does it too. So for years, both bodies have been giving flight tickets to the NFA to ferry the Super Eagles to their events but in those years, the NFA may have also collected money from the government for the same purpose. Who then took those funds?
The more reason why the NSC, through its Director General, Chief Patrick Ekeji must peruse the NFA budget for the 2010 World Cup before sending it to the government for approval to ensure there is no duplication and siphon of tax payers money.
Apart from the flight tickets, the NSC should also investigate other areas where FIFA assists participating countries so as to curb the waste or stealing of public money which has gone on for a very long time. This is the reason why sports in Nigeria is all about promotion and participation and not development which is supposed to be the foundation for the future of the youths and sports.