29 November 2012

Nigeria: NSC Denies Collecting N400 Million for Festival

The National Sports Commission (NSC), has denied the claim by the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Geoffrey Gaya, that it had collected a staggering N400 million for the staging of the National Sports Festival.

Gaya however insisted Wednesday night that he has NSC's documents of the retirement of the 2012 budget, stating that N400m was given to Lagos State to assist on the Eko 2012 project.

Director General of the NSC, Dr Patrick Ekeji insisted Wednesday that the claim by Gaya was not "only fictitious, but mischievous and misleading. I don't know where he got this wrong information from. To the best of my knowledge, the NSC has not gotten any money for the festival. I challenge Gaiya to come forward with evidence of where any money was released to the NSC for the sports festival."

The NSC DG said that it was unfair and unfortunate for Gaya to spread such misinformation about the commission.

"We do not have any money for the sports festival. So, the statement credited to him, if it is true, is unfounded and without substance. I am really disappointed that the honourable member could go to town with such fallacy. We were together during the opening ceremony and he did not bother to confirm anything from me before going to town. I think this is an attempt to misrepresent the NSC," observed the former Green Eagles defender.

Ekeji went further to reveal that the NSC has not received any money Ekp 2012.

"So, nobody should drag the NSC into any controversy. We have being running things within the limit of available resources. We take exception to people who try to present fiction as fact. I challenge him to go public with facts and not fiction," Ekeji emphasised.

But Gaya dismissed NSC's denial of the controversial N400m spent in the 2012 budget.

He told THISDAY Wednesday night that he has documents to back his claim. "Why are they denying it? I have the documents submitted by the NSC to the House when we asked them to come and defend their 2012 budget. Out of their N3.9bn budget, NSC claimed to have given out N400m to support Lagos State as hosts of the 2012 National Sports Festival."

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