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NFA missing dollars: Bio vows to punish indicted officials

By Ben Efe


Sports Minister and National Sports Commission chairman, Ibrahim Bio, yesterday, declared that the case of  missing Nigeria Football Association $236,000  (about N35.4m), is far from being over. He stated that all indicted officials will be made to face the music.

Bio, who was speaking after inspecting facilities at the National Stadium Lagos, said that the case has been thoroughly investigated and there is ‘white paper’ to that effect.

“The case has not been closed, the white paper is ready. I am  meeting with the Acting President on the matter in the shortest possible time and you can be sure that all  recommendations will be fully implemented,” Bio said.
He added that he was out to make an example of his commitment to accountability in his quest to lay a good foundation for Nigerian sports.

“Corruption is the bane of our society and the NSC is not left out. But as long as I am  minister for sports, I will ensure that there is accountability in the NSC, NFA, Premier League and all other aspects of our Sports,” Bio remarked.

The football family was shocked to find out that the sum of $236,000 meant for the Eagles World Cup campaign developed wings and flew out of the window of the NFA’s accountant office in Abuja. An investigating panel was constituted by the former minister, but the report has not been  made public and this led to speculations that some officials of the NFA had something to tell about the missing  money.

Bio acknowledged that the NFA is a house of intrigues and there is an urgent need to purge Nigeria football of such maladies.

“We are aware that there are problems in the NFA, Premier League and we are looking at it.
“We don’t need distractions, our efforts should be geared towards how to improve on the technical and administrative aspect of the game.”


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