Leadership (Abuja)

21 December 2012

Nigeria: No More Grants to Sports Federations - Minister

Apart from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that will have its 2013 fiscal expenditure appropriated and approved by the National Assembly, other sports federations would have to look elsewhere for funds to execute their programmes next year.

The minister of sports and chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Malam Bolaji Abdullahi disclosed that henceforth the federal government will not be giving out grants to federations to run their activities.

Instead, he said the grants would now be won by federations who know their onions and committed to the development of their games.

Speaking at the one day national open forum of youth development with the theme 'evolving a sustainable nation development programme' organised by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), he said the move is to encourage federations to be creative and financially autonomous of government.

"I am happy the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) is on the same page with us about our policy for sports development.

"I want to make it clear that we are not going to give grant to sports federations next year.

"What we are trying to do is create a forum where our grants would now be won by only those who merit them.

"Only those who are sincere and know where to channel the resources would now get our grants. We don't have enough funds to dole out to any how sport federations which don't know what to do with the funds".

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