Sports Minister blames misuse of N3bn high-performance fund for Rio woes

Team Nigeria finished the Olympic Games with just one medal- bronze won by Dream Team VI in the football event.

Solomon Dalung

Team Nigeria finished the Olympic Games with just one medal- bronze won by Dream Team VI in the football event.

Many have called for the removal of the Sports Minister and other sports federation heads following a series of disgraceful events that occurred before and during the Olympic Games

Absolving himself of any blame, Dalung who was appointed Minister in November 2015 blamed the state he met Sports ministry for team Nigeria’s shabby preparations and subsequent failures at the Olympics.

“I am aware that up to N3bn was approved for the High-Performance Centre long before we came but it is a mystery how that money was used. I just couldn’t understand how such a thing could happen,” Dalung told Punch in an interview.

“The money not just to equip the centre but was also meant to cover the salaries of the experts we brought in work with the athletes but they found a way to spend the money. They wiped everything such that we are now paying the experts from our overheard cost rather than the money actually meant for that. It is as bad as that, I mean what we met on ground. So you can see how long this problem started.”

Dalung further revealed that he has still not been briefed on how the funds were spent.

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