NFF ‘Double Budgeting’ Exposed After Claim To Have Spent $1,479,480 On Eagles Matches Despite FGN, Akwa Ibom Govt Sponsorships
The Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick perfected the act of “double budgeting” – get more than one organisation to pay for an expense.
This they have mastered in particular in the official and friendly matches of the Super Eagles.
Yet, they claimed to have spent $1,479,480 outside the financing of the Federal Government and state governments they enjoyed.
The Federal Government covers these matches, but the NFF also got state governments like those of Akwa Ibom and Rivers to also pay for these same matches.
Take for instance, the 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and Zambia in Uyo on October 7, 2017.
The NFF in a letter to the executive Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, routed through the Akwa Ibom FA chairman, requested for the state government to bankroll the national team for a week.
The request clearly demanded Akwa Ibom Government to pay the bills for the hotel accommodation, feeding, local transport, security and medical provision for 23 players and 22 officials for seven days.
The NFF asked for 34 hotel rooms for the time the Eagles will be in Uyo.
Also, accommodation and feeding for nine match officials for four days with one of the rooms a suite for the match commissioner.
This is besides accommodation and feeding for 16 NFF board members and 15 members of NFF management and stakeholders, also for three days.