Sports minister Solomon Dalung has ordered an audit of the accounts of the Nigeria Football Federation after FIFA suspended further grants to the body until the NFF properly accounts for the $1.1m it had given the NFF.
According to the report, FIFA has withheld all development funds to Nigeria due to a lack of proper documentation of over eight hundred thousand dollars out of the funds released to the NFF.
Dalung said this is a serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment.
The SPort ministers therefore directed the NFF to immediately furnish his office with detailed information of receipt, disbursement and application of the FIFA development grant accordingly.
In addition, a reputable audit firm should be appointed urgently to check the account books of the federation to ensure that funds are judiciously expended.
The audit report must be made public so as to promote transparency, build credibility and enhance market value.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has demanded proper documentation leading to the nomination of NFF president Amaju Pinnick to vie for a seat on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football CAF.
Pinnick’s nomination has divided the NFF executive committee with technical committee chairman Chris Green maintaining that the other executive members were not aware the FA president plans to bid for a CAF seat.
Sports minister Solomon Dalung has therefore requested minutes of the meeting of the NFF executive committee where Pinnick was endorsed to seek a CAF position.
Dalung said Pinnick contesting for any position in CAF has never been discussed.
Meanwhile, Pinnick who refuse to shake the sports minister’s hand after he made his speech at the Annual General Assembly AGA, yesterday in Lagos.