Fed Govt insists on NFF account audit

Sports minister Solomon Dalung says he is yet to receive a report of an audited account of the Nigeria Football Federation.

Dalung had directed the NFF to appoint an independent auditor to look into the books of the federation and also provide minutes of nomination by the Congress of NFF President, Amaju Pinnick to contest for a CAF seat. His media sent out another statement on Thursday after the first on the issue last Sunday.

Dalung said, “I received a communiqué of the Congress which referred to my action as uninformed. Instead of providing me with the minutes, the Congress went ahead to endorse its president, two weeks after its Secretary General had sent a letter of his nomination to CAF”

The Minister said that government was yet to nominate anybody to contest for the continental position.

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports wants to make it clear that Nigeria has not endorsed anybody to contest. The Ministry will constitute a committee to screen and recommend to government, a suitable candidate who will represent Nigeria.”

Dalung also added that since the Federation has failed to appoint an independent auditor to for their accounts, the government has no option but to undertake detailed investigation of those issues raised at the Annual General Meeting held in Lagos on Sunday.

“FIFA’s forensic audit has raised concerns about documentation of the federation’s accounts. 19 grave issues were identified in FIFA’s audit report which needs to be looked into. The Federal Government has already set machinery in motion to embark on a full scale investigation of those issues.

“We are committed to getting rid of all obstacles capable of destroying probity, credibility, transparency and accountability in sports administration in Nigeria.”