FIFA Suspends Grants To Nigeria As Dalung Orders Probe Of NFF

Dalung orders probe of NFF finances

 

World Football governing body, FIFA, may have landed heavily on the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), over the federations’ inability to give a proper account of its dealings with the $1.1m grants and other monies it received from the international body.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung disclosed at the NFF Annual General Assembly in Lagos that his office has received reports from FIFA, indicting the NFF of lack of proper documentation and accountability of usage its funds and grants.

Dalung, who addressed the members of the AGA therefore demanded a detailed auditing of the finaces of the NFF, stressing that the new administration of President Mohammadu Buhari would not tolerate any form of financial mismanagement from any government agency, adding that the NFF and Nigerian football has an international image to protect before FIFA.

According to the minister, the detailed audit of NFF finances has become very necessary after world football governing body FIFA suspended any further grants to the FA until they properly account for $1.1 million that has been paid to them.

“I received a report from the NFF intimating me of FIFA’s audit Report which raised queries on the management of $1.1 Million FIFA’s development grant to the NFF. According to the Report, FIFA has withheld all development funds to Nigeria for lack of proper documentation of $802,000 out of the funds released to NFF,” reported Dalung.

“This is a very serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment, more so that the present administration under the leadership of Mr. President, His Excellency, Mohammadu Buhari has zero tolerance for any act of mis-appropriation, mis-application, embezzlement or fraud in any guise.

“To this end, the NFF is directed to immediately provide my office with detail information of receipt, disbursement and application of the FIFA development grant accordingly,” Dalung directed.

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