Buhari’s Most “Incompetent Minister” In Desperate Attempt to Cover Up Dirty Corruption Report
In a desperate attempt to cover up fresh corruption allegation, the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has issued out a statement.
The Minister, declared that the Sports Ministry, neither misappropriated nor misapplied budgets approved by the Federal Government for Nigerian sports, as it was reported in the media.
Recall, that a report had recently exposed how the Sports Ministry is riddled with corruption, under the watchful eyes of Dalung.
Reacting to the allegation, the Sports Minister, said the report was false and only a calculated attempt by the writer to discredit him as the Minister of Sports, after working so hard to positively change the fortunes of the country’s sports.
“I wonder where the Reporter got the figures quoted from. Even in the Olympic year 2016, which was concentrated on, we did not get up to a Billion. If we have as much as N18 billion, then there would be a complete turn around and total funding of Nigerian sports, better than what it used to be since independence in 1960. There was no single truth in that report”, Dalung said.
He added: “During the year under review, we paid money to athletes before, and during international competitions, took care of numerous approved sports programmes with the budget, including some that we handled on emergency. There were clear indications on how we spent money.”
Dalung stressed that some of the challenges of sports in 2016 had to do with funding, sponsorship, transparency and accountability and he called on all sports federations to submit their programmes for 2017, within the first week of the year, to allow for proper planning.
“All federations, including the NFF, should avail the Ministry of their programmes for the year, to enable the government to plan and scrutinize for intervention appropriately.
“Failing to do so on time, will mean forfeiting contingent arrangements for those programmes, and federations should not fall back to blackmail the government,” Dalung warned.
To buttress the Sport Minister’s position, his Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, also said there was no truth in the published report, as her boss, the Sports Minister, only resumed office 13 months ago and so far, all the monies released to the Ministry in 2016, is just a little over N4 billion.
“This has been grossly inadequate to do all the planned programmes of the Sports Ministry.
“And while the Ministry is ravaged with dearth of funds, the Honourable Minister has been improvising and ensuring that none of the 38 national sports federations suffers.
“The report also touched on the nonprovision of funds for various Team Nigeria sports that participated in the 2016 Olympics, but the reporter failed to tell Nigerians that the initially delayed funds were eventually paid to the various federations, five days before the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, when the N2 billion special presidential intervention fund was finally released by the Federal Government.
“The sports sector recorded successes in 2016, which could be improved upon in the New Year with measures put in place to ensure transparency in sports.
“In 2016, we recorded achievements in the Olympics and Paralympic Games. We have also improved in our football and basketball rankings by FIFA and FIBA respectively.
“With Federal Government’s timely financial intervention, the Super Eagles have been able to start their World Cup campaign on a very strong footing with two victories recorded so far after two games.
“We must also thank his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for paying special attention to the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons, despite the current economic situation, following the recent payment of all outstanding allowances and bonuses.
“We hosted and discovered new talents from the National Youth Games in Ilorin, Kwara State, despite paucity of fund, but these could be improved upon with an increased budgetary allocation for sports in 2017.”