Nigeria Football Federation defends N4.8 billion 2013 budget before House of Representatives

The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday in Abuja faced the House of Representatives to defend their 2013 budget

The Nigeria Football Federation President, Aminu Maigari and the General Secretary, Musa Amadu, were yesterday put through the grill by the Honourable Godfrey Gaiya led House Committee on Sports on Wednesday as the legislators threw a barrage of questions at the NFF big wigs.

Maigari and Amadu did their best to defend the budget as the sum of N4.8 billion was asked for by the NFF compared to N1.9 billion prepared by the football federation for the current year.

They also spoke on the budget performance for 2012 in addition to federation’s projection for next year.

NFF officials said that they were stunned to be handed an envelope of N1.8 billion which was a far cry from their projected appropriation of N4.8 billion for 2013.

Next year’s budget for sporting related activities is N1.7 billion while the capital expenditure is N144 million.

The increase in the capital appropriation for next year was to cover the cost of furniture for the new NFF secretariat which is under construction and due for completion in March next year.

The Africa Cup of Nations will kick off in January and will highlight the scope of activities in the Nigerian football calendar next year.

Also the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying matches will resume in March with scheduled fixtures against Kenya, Malawi and Namibia. The matches will set the stage for the final knock out matches in October for the continent’s five slots.

Nigerian age grade teams are also projected to participate in continental and FIFA competitions in Algeria, Turkey, Morocco and the United Africa Emirates.

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Gaiya, said the leadership of the NFF must state the expenditures it incurred on all 54 matches, sponsorship revenue and cost of flight tickets.

The house also wanted to know the sources of funding for the new football headquarters as well as where the structure will be sited. In addition, the committee sought to know other sources of revenue for the federation, ranging from sponsorship, gifts, partnership and endorsement so that it can be well documented.

The Football Federation is also expected to state in details how it planned to use the appropriation for 2013, while it must also state if the vote will cover the cost of prosecuting the international matches for next year or otherwise.

Amadu had said the federation resorted to using sponsorship fee to augment its meagre subvention, after Hon Tijani Yusuf, had accused the NFF of not paying the N774 million generated through other means into the federation account as stated by the Act.

With the year due to end next month, Amadu said that balance of N284 million was still expected to be paid to complete the vote for sporting activities for the season.