The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the alleged 150,000 dollars paid in error by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) to the accounts of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN).
The resolution is consequent upon the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent national importance sponsored on Wednesday by Hon. Diri Douye.
Douye in his lead debate, noted the reports published by various media Houses where the IAAF reportedly paid the sum of 150,000 dollars to AFN, instead of 15,000 dollars which was its annual grant to member federation for the year 2017.
He also noted reports that the IAAF accountants later discovered the error and subsequently asked AFN to refund the excess payment but the money seemed to have disappeared into thin air.
He said: “Informed that some board members of the AFN are calling for an emergency congress to look into the scandal and have faulted the sport minister, Solomon Dalung who was said to have set up a committee to probe the circumstances surrounding the missing grant”
The lawmaker also expressed worry over alleged reports that the recipient of the money might have used his private account to collect the money from IAAF explaining that the incidence occurred when the sports minister dissolved boards of various sports Federations.
Duoye further worried that regardless of the operation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country, monies can be received and spent so easily, contrary to extant laws.
“The image of the country is not only being tarnished by the failure of the AFN to refund the excess payment at the instance of the IAAF, Nigeria also runs the risk of being banned from international competitions.”
In adopting the motion, the House mandated its committee on sports to carry out forensic investigation on the alleged looting of the excess grant payment and determine steps to be taken to refund the money to the IAAF to prevent Nigeria being banned.
Additionally, the committee is to determine measures to be put in place, to prevent such infractions in future even as it resolved to invite the minister of youth and sports, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria and any other connected parties to explain their roles in the matter.
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