Daily Trust (Abuja)

18 December 2012

Nigeria: National Assembly Plans Special Fund for NFF in 2013

Port Harcourt — The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will receive a special fund in the budget to prosecute its numerous activities in 2013.

The Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Hon. Geoffrey Gaya revealed this while speaking at the NFF' Annual General Assembly in Port Harcourt.

Gaya, who also stood in for his counterpart in the Senate at the occasion, noted that the National Assembly took the decision in order to ease the financial burden on the Federation in the coming year.

"We have three national teams participating in competitions and several World Cup qualifiers coming up in the same year."

"We know you are weighed down by logistics, we know you are weighed down by financial constrains and because we want you to do well, we at the National Assembly has insisted that in addition to your envelope, there should be a separate envelope in the budget to assist you", he stated.

Gaya, who applauded the NFF initiative in sourcing for funds from the public to sponsor the Super Eagles to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, revealed that in addition to appropriating more funds for the NFF, the National Assembly would speed the process of passing the NFF Act, assuring that the clean copy was ready for third reading and final passage.

"Before we go for Christmas recess, the clean copy would be ready for final passage", the House Sports Committee Chairman added.

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