World Athletics ruling body, the International Association of Athletics Federation will make a decision concerning what to do about the ‘missing’ $150,000 ( about N52m) grant erroneously paid to the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
The money was paid as part of the IAAF’s $15,000 annual grants to member federations for the year 2017, but the Nigerian athletics body wrongly received ‘times ten’ the original amount.
In response to this mistake, the IAAF accountants contacted the AFN body and requested a refund, but the money has reportedly ‘gone missing’ without a trace.
Speaking with The Guardian on Tuesday 6, March, AFN Vice President, Olamide George said that a major part of the board members have no idea of the money said to have been paid by the IAAF.
“I think the money came just when we were taking over from the past administration. But the truth is that it is only the AFN secretary who knows how he received the IAAF money.
If the money was paid into AFN account, it could have gone through the Treasury Single Account (TSA). I am sure the secretary used his personal account to collect the money from IAAF, which I think is wrong.”George said.
The secretary was transferred from AFN before, but the Sports Minister (Solomon Dalung) brought him back. They should tell Nigerians what happened to the IAAF money.
I cannot be part of AFN board and all sorts of things are happening behind the scene. We must not fold our hands until IAAF sanctions Nigeria because of this issue,” He added.
AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye speaking with The Guardian said; “I can tell you categorically that since we came on board, no single money has been paid into the AFN account. So, it will be difficult for me to speak on this IAAF $150,000 grants.”
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