The protracted crisis at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is having a crunching effect on the football house which cannot meet its obligations for the month because of cash squeeze, THISDAY learnt last night.
Investigation revealed that federation workers are fuming because the subvention for last month has been exhausted and is affecting the running of the secretariat.
The allocation paid to the federation for the month of August was over N150 million.
The National Sports Commission (NSC) disbursed the allocation through the Chris Giwa board that was imposed by a splinter faction of the NFF. The body was eventually forced out of the NFF office by FIFA which threatened to ban Nigeria if they were still occupying the Glass House by September 8.
Some workers revealed that the internal feud resulted in extra spending that was not anticipated in the federation’s budget.
The renovation work the secretariat following a fire outbreak on August 20, in addition to payment made to the squad of policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) were some of the reasons attributed responsible for the cash problem.
THISDAY was informed that the policemen and secret service officers were paid various allowances for the ‘security service’ rendered at a cost to the NFF.
”The federation is flat broke; we don’t have any money. The crisis has not helped matters in any way,” lamented a federation staff yesterday.
He complained that the cash squeeze is affecting the effective running of the secretariat. He listed the camping programmes of the Super Falcons and Golden Eaglets as priorities groaning under limited cash.
Apart from that some staff could not embark on outstation assignments, while those who did had their Basic Travelling Allowances (BTA) reduced.
It was also learnt that some staff on essential duty could not travel on recent trips involving the Super Eagles to Calabar and South Africa as cash saving measures.