*FIFA money lands Pinnick in Reps inquisition
*Habu Gumel, NOC may face same checks with NFF
By Olajide Fashikun with Agency Report
Authoritatively, Nigerian and English Parliaments are set to debate a motion of no confidence in the governance of their Football Associations. Incidentally, Nigeria and England are slated to have the sessions on the same day 9th February.
According to our source, the Nigerian FA President and chieftains of the Nigeria Olympic Committee have already been sent invitations last week by the Green Chambers’ sports committee on several allegations bordering on the financial management and issues of reform.
Whereas, in England, The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee will address whether the FA can “comply fully with its duties; Whether the FA’s structure makes reform impossible will also be examined and the government may be called o
n to intervene in the matter.
In July, sports minister Tracey Crouch said the FA would lose its £30m to £40m of public funding if it did not reform. Then, in December, Crouch said that the government would bring in legislation to force through reforms if the governing body did not make changes itself.
Committee chairman Damian Collins MP revealed in a statement on Friday that the FA had been given six months to meet the government guidance on best practice for sports governance but had failed to do so.
Collins said: “We do not believe the FA will comply voluntarily: it can survive easily without the Government’s contribution of money to grassroots sport, and there are powerful vested interests that refuse to accept the right of all those involved in football to play a role in the governance of the sport.
“We are therefore preparing a draft bill to bring the structure of the FA, especially its board and council, more into line with modern company practice and the government’s guidelines for sports bodies.”
On the other hand, the Nigerian minister, Solomon Dalung, had issued an audit query to the FA on the alleged mismanagement of FIFA Development Fund. Rather than respond to the minister, they took to the media to lampoon him and called him all sorts of names.
The Nigerian FA had resisted internal reform. When it seemed obvious that the government was going to enforce reform, she came up with some palliative measures last week which she issued and organized a cacophony of praise singers to occupy the social media and praise it to high heavens.
On the other hand, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) which is suffering from a visionless leadership rather than remain an independent and non-governmental organisation had turned itself into a government parastatal collecting monies from government for all its activities have been accused of spending same overheads funded from the IOC.
Our source disclosed to www.gongnews.net that an Abuja-based human rights lawyer had petitioned parliament on the moral propriety of these two leading sports organisations in matters of the use of the public funds they collect from the budgetary allocations.
Though, some independent sources claim that the two organisations are set to ensure that Nigeria is suspended from all international sporting relations is any attempt is made to straighten them by parliament while they will spend additional funds to frustrate the latest attempt by the parliament to stop corruption in the industry.
The IOC ranks like FIFA has in recent years been reeking of very acrid smell of corruption allegation which they have been working on. While FIFA is seriously reforming the African continent has always employed the services of the two global institutions to serve as smokescreen against reforms.
When confronted if they’ve received invitation, one of the chieftains snided, “we know them, don’t mind them. We know how to tackle them. Its just a routine.” The Reps committee is headed by Hon Goni Bukar Lawan, consists of other members like Vice chairman, Rt. Hon. Anayo Nebe, Hon. Ayodeji Joseph, Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye, Hon. Ayo Tajudeen, Hon. Nuhu Dambazzau, Hon. Mohammed Sheriff, Hon. Lazarus Ogbu, Hon. Samuel Ikon, Hon. Henry Ofongo and Hon. Prestige.
We shall wait to see if truly they will be “settled” or there will be a fundamental reform to save Nigerian sports like their English parliament members sitting same day for the same purpose.