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You’re not autonomous, NSC tells NFF


The National Sports Commission (NSC) has again reminded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that it still remains a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria under its supervision, as opposed to its claim of autonomy.

The NSC Director General, Gbenga Elegbeleye, who pointed this out when the Commission led its affiliates to the 2015 budget defence at the House of Representative in Abuja, warned that the federation should not claim autonomy while it is still receiving subvention annually from government.

He maintained the any such claim of autonomy could only be in the imagination of the operators at the NFF, stressing that they are under the supervision of the commission.

Elegbeleye, who spoke against the backdrop of NFF’s deliberate exclusion of proceeds it got from both the world football governing body, FIFA, and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) at the hearing, maintained that the federation must account for votes it receives from government as required by law for all agencies of government.

“We all know that there is a law from FIFA, which minimally stops us from involving in their affairs, especially in their political involvement. But again Nigeria cannot be giving them money and sit down and say they are autonomous. No, the NFF is not autonomous because it is a government agency. They are taking subvention from government and can, therefore, not claim to be autonomous,” Elegbeleye warned.

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