Reps Sport Ad Hoc Committee Frowns At NFF’s Absence
By Gloria Essien, Abuja.
The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee Investigating the face off between the Super Falcons and officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over non payment of allowances and entitlements are disappointed with the absence of the management of Nigeria’s football governing body.
The failure of the NFF president, Ibrahim Gusau, to appear was said to be due to a purported instruction given by the Chairman of the House Committee on Sports, Hon. Ekene Adams.
At the of the sitting of the ad hoc committee, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc committee investigating the face off, Hon. Blessing Onu, however re-summoned the NFF president to appear before the committee.
Re-inviting the NFF president, the chairman of the Ad hoc committee said the sitting of the committee was not to witch hunt anyone but to discharge its functions in line with the mandate of the House. She frowned at the NFF President’s deliberate refusal to honour the invitation of the Ad hoc committee.
“The NFF president was supposed to appear before the ad hoc committee on the 17th of August but unfortunately, the reasons NFF president gave were not as important as the work of this ad hoc committee,” Hon. Onu stated. “Nigerians are interested, Nigerians are watching.”
“The girls did extremely well and they made Nigerians proud, so we shouldn’t take this investigative hearing likely. We gave an opportunity for the president of NFF to appear before this Ad-hoc Committee I will say invariably he is the one summoning us, he came up with an excuse that is not as important as what we have.”
“The allowances and the dues that were supposed to be paid to the female footballers, the Super Falcons and he turned it down. What is more important is it for him to attend the FIFA Women Convention or to appear before this Committee?
“And even at that he has the effrontery to send his SA that he won’t be able to make it, it simply means he is taking us for granted, he is taking us for a ride and we will not tolerate it we will not,” Hon. Onu concluded.
Speaking earlier, the NFF Secretary General, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said that the NFF President could not attend the investigative hearing because of his ill-health.
The Ad-hoc committee however walked out the Secretary General and his team who came to represent the NFF president.