Familiar with the phrase ‘pay directly’?

It was reported to be used by former FIFA Executive Committee member, Amos Adamu, in an alleged fraudulent transaction.

But that has nothing to do with this story, instead, it is a positive event that involved the Super Falcons who in December won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.

After that feat, two big voices within Corporate Nigeria – Dangote and BUA, dolled out a whooping 74 million naira to the team, and it was sent directly to the accounts of each player and staff.

The companies have now thumbed up the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for display of transparency with regards to the N50million from Dangote and N25million from BUA to the Super Falcons.

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At a special event honouring the Federation’s sponsors and partners and the Super Falcons in Lagos, Mr. Olakunle Alake (Group Managing Director, Dangote Industries) and Otega Ogra (Group Head, Corporate Communications of BUA) and Tajudeen Ahmed (Group Head, Business Development of BUA) lauded the decision by the NFF to have the monies transferred directly to the beneficiaries.

“We asked to transfer the money directly to the NFF but the leadership opted for direct payment to the players and officials. That was a most commendable decision. They sent us the account details of all the beneficiaries and we applaud such diligence and integrity,” said Alake.

Ogra said the NFF leadership had laid good grounds for corporate organizations to want to do business with the Federation with its transparency, integrity and accountability.

Both Dangote Group and BUA have since transferred the monies directly to the bank accounts of the players and officials of the Super Falcons.  

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