The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has disputed reports that senior officials pooled funds contributed to the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Recall that a press release was recently disseminated in the media, along with a video clip, saying that officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development shared some of the funds contributed to the D’Tigers and D’Tigress, while threatening to refuse additional national call-ups.
However, the Ministry clarified in a statement signed by its Permanent Secretary, Ismaila Abubakar, that the $230,000 (approximately N115 million) donated to basketball teams by banks under the Ministry’s Adopt-a-Team program is still intact in the Nigeria Basketball Federation’s (NBBF) official domiciliary account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Only the 12 female Team members of D’Tigress had provided their foreign account numbers, according to Abubakar, who added that the Ministry was waiting for the account numbers of the Male Team to be provided so that payments may be processed one-time as asked by the CBN.
Part of the statement read, “The Ministry has requested the CBN to commence the processing of the payment to the Female Basketball Players immediately. The Male will be paid as soon as their account details are supplied.
“The Ministry wishes to state further that all outstanding -Olympics and Paralympics Games allowances and bonuses are being processed and only slowed down by funds availability.
“Furthermore, the Ministry of Finance has been fully furnished with details of the outstanding allowances and payments due to the NBBF and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and efforts are being made to secure the release.”
source : complete sport