Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and chairman Senate Committee on Sports Obinna Ogba saved what could have been an embarrassing moment for the country ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria last Saturday as they used their clout to bail the Nigeria Football Federation out of financial difficulties.
With four days to the game, it was learnt that the NFF had no money to prosecute the game as the money expected from the Federal Government was not yet out.
If not for the intervention of Ogba who contacted Saraki so that the funds could be released, the situation would have been chaotic,” a source in the federation told newsmen.
When contacted, Ogba confirmed the role he played, staying he felt embarrassed when he learnt of the NFF’s precarious situation. He said he had to get his leader in the Senate involved so as to facilitate the release of the money.
Ogba said the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung could not do much when contacted and he had to take further steps to save the situation in the interest of the country.
“When Amaju Pinnick informed me about the situation I contacted the Minister of Sports but when he was not forthcoming, I had to call the Minister of Finance myself and the Director General of the Budget Office and before I left Abuja, the NFF had gotten their money and we are happy about the outcome,” Ogba said. SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>