By Sunday Akintoye
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has concluded all plans to share the sum of $2 million COVID-19 monetary palliatives among its various stakeholders to cushion the effect of the pandemic disease.
The Executive Committee of the NFF met via video conference on Monday to deliberate on the proposed template for the sharing of the money and also took decisions on some other vital issues.
According to the NFF, “after consultations with the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Board endorsed the proposal from the Secretariat for the lump sum of $2 million to be shared across the various clubs and governing bodies of the various Leagues, viz Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nigeria Nationwide League, as a booster for their preparation ahead of the 2020/2021 League Season.
“The total sum is made up of $1,000,000 (being FIFA’s support for restarting the football season); $500,000 (being FIFA’s dedicated support for women’s football); $300,000 (CAF’s support to its Member Associations); $200,000 (NFF’s support from Sponsors’ Funds).
The Executive Committee also applauded the efforts of the Federal Government in combating the pandemic disease that continues to be a source of sorrow and gnashing of teeth worldwide.
The committee also praised the efforts of Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for their contribution in reducing the spread of the disease nationwide.
Among the football stakeholders that attended the meeting are Amaju Pinnick (President); Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President); Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President); Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Member); Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ (Member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Member); Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Member); Babagana Kalli (Member); Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (Member); Ganiyu Majekodunmi (Member); Emmanuel Ibah (Member); Aisha Falode (Member); Mohammed Alkali (Member); Musa Duhu (Member) and Mohammed Sanusi (Secretary)