Over million dollars paid to Nigeria Olympic team - sports chief

Over million dollars paid to Nigeria Olympic team - sports chief
Siasia with the U23 AFCON last year . Will he also strike Gold in Rio?

by Samm Audu

Monday Apr 04, 2016. 14:31

Former boss of now defunct National Sports Commission (NSC) Al Hassan Yakmut has revealed the Nigeria team to last year’s  U23 AFCON in Senegal were paid 250 million Naira (about $1.4 million ).

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Yakmut was mentioned by sports minister Solomon Dalung in a 2.9 billion Naira that was released by the government to pay for the country’s preparations for the Rio Olympics among other expenditure which has yet to be accounted for.

Yakmut said Dalung cannot say he is unaware of how the cash was spent after he approved 250 million Naira to be paid the Olympic team who went on to win the U23 AFCON and qualify for the Rio Olympics.

“We paid out 250 million Naira for the team to the U23 AFCON in Senegal and it was based on the approval of the minister,” Yakmut told an Abuja radio station on Monday.

Sports minister Dalung revealed he has had to pay thrice what he would have paid last year to secure the country’s accommodation at the Rio Olympics in August.




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