Sports Minister To Face Panel Over Missing N45m
Days after brazenly accusing the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong of widespread corruption, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung will have to prove he is also an honest man after all.
Dalung has been summoned by the House of Representatives on the alleged “disappearance” of the excess from the $150,000 grant erroneously given to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2017.
A lawmaker from Bayelsa State, Diri Douye, brought the matter to the attention of the House, for prompt investigation.
Douye said, “The money now seems to have disappeared into thin air.
“Some board members of the AFN are calling for an emergency congress to look into the scandal and have faulted the Sports Minister Mr. Solomon Dalung, who was said to have set up a committee to probe the circumstances surrounding the missing money.”
Douye added that there were fears that the money might have been paid into the private pockets of some AFN officials “sometime last year when the sports minister had dissolved the boards of various sports federations.”
The House expressed concern that in spite of the Treasury Single Account policy, funds meant for public agencies could be received and spent without trace.
Contrary to most media reports, Bounce Sports scooped from an authoritative source that the IAAF erroneously paid the AFN an excess of $125,000 (N45m) while it wanted to pay a $25,000 grant.
The source alleged that the Sports Minister was duly briefed about the excess payment made over six months ago.
Instead of calling the attention of the IAAF, it is being alleged that the Minister approved the spending of what they had seen as ‘free money’.
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