Disturbed by the cries of almost all the states that they are unnecessarily levied, fined and forced to pay affiliation fees even when they had not officially affiliated themselves to the sports has ordered the Games Services Secretariat to write all federations to forward the return of monies collected from states unspent. “I am ordering that federations should forward the return of monies collected from states without spending a dime. l will decide where the money goes. Any illegal deductions collected from federations will be returned.”
Most states cried that the federations were using the festival to force levies, fines and affiliation fees in order to make money. But reacting to the claims, Athletics federation president, Solomon Ogba said the impression that they are using the festival to milk states is wrong.”l feel sad about the issue of affiliation fees. No one is using the festival to collect money. At the world level it happens when you are owing and asked to pay during the international competitions. The sports festival is our Olympics and we must follow the practice obtainable all over the world. The practice around the world is that if you do not pay your fees before events you are made to pay during the event if not, you are stopped from participating.”
Ekeji added that states must give federations information on sports they are starting so that surcharge will be discouraged. He said any state that was levied or made to pay affiliation fees before they started any sport should know that its money will be returned.
But warned that states must channel their energies towards sports they have comparative advantage and can manage.”Many states administer sports they cannot manage just for the sake of it. A state can have a sport where it has comparative advantage and fund it well. Borno for instance, good in handball can channel its strength into the development of handball building structures from the U-12 levels to the senior category. Once Borno does that, it can be a concentration centre which can make them produce handball players for the country.”
Ekeji promised to review sports in Nigeria. “There is no use having some sports in states where they cannot be funded. Some sports will end up just being recreational. States should improve and concentrate on sports of strength in their states. For instance providing an Olympic size swimming pool is very expensive so why invest in swimming pool when you cant afford it?”