The House of Reps Committee on Sports says it will not consider the 2017 budget unless it is given a detailed presentation of how the 2016 budget was spent by the Ministry of Sports.
The House Committee took this position following allegations from different federations in the Sports Ministry regarding the disbursement of funds.
As part of its duties in ensuring the implementation of the 2016 budget, the House committee met with the Minister of Sports and officials of the ministry on Friday.
The meeting also sought to tackle pending issues such as the allegations against the Ministry of Sports regarding the disbursement of funds to the various sports federations in the ministry as some of them are yet to receive allocations as stated in the 2016 budget.
The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, said that he was not aware of such allegations and that putting up a defence would be injustice to the Sports Ministry.
The Minister also touched on funding for the Rio 2016 Olympics and the challenges faced by the Ministry.
A member of the committee, Danburam Nuhu, observed that the ministry ought not to spend beyond the funds approved by the National Assembly.
As the debate rounded off, the chairman of the committee, Bukar Lawal, said that the Minister would have to face the committee again on another day.
Committees are also expected to complete work on the 2016 budget as soon as possible as the 2017 budget proposal is already before the National Assembly.
Triple world and Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt has been named in the final shortlist for 2016 men’s athlete of the year.
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) confirmed that the Jamaican sprinter star will slug it out with 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic champion, Mo Farah and South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk who the 400m gold at the Rio Olympics.
Bolt, a five-time former winner of the award, became the first person to win three consecutive 100 and 200 meters Olympic golds in Rio de Janeiro in August.
He also holds the world records in the two disciplines, 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively.
In the women category, Rio Olympics 10,000m champion, Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia will battle for the top prize with Rio 100m queen, Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and double Olympics hammer throw champion, Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland.
Thompson matched Bolt’s feat by also winning the 100m and 200m golds in Rio.
Ayana broke a 23-year-old record to win the 10,000 meters after clocking 29:18.45 at the Rio Games where she also took the bronze in 5,000 meters.
Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland also made the women’s list after retaining her hammer title in Rio.
The award is slated to hold on December 2 in Monaco, France.
Team Nigeria has won its first medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Latifat Tijani lifted 106kg to win silver in the women’s 45kg powerlifting event.
The Nigerian lifter had made a bright start, entering the competition with 101kg and breaking the existing Paralympics record. But her record was short-lived, as China’s Dandan Hu set a new one of 102.
Both lifters entered into a more interesting contest, but the Chinese had the upper hand, setting a new World and Paralympics record with 107.0 to finish tops
The Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, says he has not been officially informed of the appointment of a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The NFF had in early August, appointed a German, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Eagles, despite Mr Dalung’s preference for a local coach.
He claimed that Coach Samson Siasia, who led the Nigeria’s U-23 football team to win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, had not resigned, contrary to media reports, although his contract with the NFF had lapsed.
Siasia had told reporters that he had on August 27 resigned as the coach of Nigeria’s U-23 football team because of what he describes as “a disrespectful system”.
Mr Dalung’s frowned at the treatment meted to Siasia by the NFF, alleging that they withdrew his official car in Abuja while he was battling to secure a medal for Nigeria in Rio.
While hinting that he had met with Siasia on Monday, he said Nigeria needed him in football development.
The Sports Minister further pointed out that even if the NFF would not re-engage him, the Federation should at least, give him some peace of mind to enable him make his contributions in a personal capacity.
He noted that it would be sad to have such coach leave Nigeria for another country out of frustration, just like many athletes did as witnessed during the Rio Olympics.
Abysmal Outing Of Team Nigeria
Dalung also cleared the air on the $390,000 donation to Siasia and his team by a Japanese surgeon, saying that after he met the donor in Rio, he was convinced there were no strings like match-fixing attached to the donation.
He attributed the abysmal outing of the Nigerian Olympic contingent to late release of funds and inability to develop home-grown talents.
The Minister emphasised the need for the National Sports Commission which he said was unfortunately scrapped by a government committee that recommended merger of ministries.
He was at the State House on Tuesday in Abuja to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s outing at the just concluded Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
Since Team Nigeria were able to win bronze medal in football, Mr Dalung urged the President to host the team.