2016 Budget defence: NASS to summon NSC, NFF

2016 Budget defence: NASS to summon NSC, NFF

NFF President Amaju Pinnick
NFF President Amaju Pinnick
NFF President Amaju Pinnick

2016 Budget defence: NASS to summon NSC, NFF

From ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja             

 

IN line with parliamen­tary tradition, members of both chambers of the National Assembly would soon forward an official letter, inviting the Ministry of Sports, National Sports Commission (NSC), the Nigeria Football Federa­tion (NFF) and other agen­cies and parastatals under the ministry to appear be­fore it to defend the 2016 annual budget estimate.

Chairman, Senate Com­mittee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, who made the disclosure in a chat with Daily Sunsports in Abuja, insisted that his committee would not shy away from drilling the eggheads of the Sports Commission, NFF and other agencies in line with the parliamentary pro­cedures.

Asked when the agen­cies and parastatals appear before his committee, Sen­ator Ogba said: “We have just started debate on the budget proposal.

“We are going to offi­cially write the National Sports Commission (NSC), Nigeria Football Federa­tion (NFF) and agencies under the Sports Ministry very soon. I can tell you it will not exceed this month because we are doing ev­erything possible to pass the budget as soon as pos­sible,” he noted.

Senator equally ex­pressed joy over the recep­tion, President Muham­madu Buhari extended to the Nigerian sportsmen and women that distinguished themselves at various con­tinental and international tournaments, adding that it gladdened his heart be­cause it happened during his tenure as chairman Sen­ate Committee on Sports.

“I feel so good that President Buhari hon­oured our sportsmen and women. Essentially, it is even more gladdening that it happened during my time as the chairman Sen­ate Committee on Sports. The reception was even delighting, considering the fact that he was able to re­deem the promise he made as Military Head of State to the Kodak Cup-winning 1985 U-17 team.