Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dalung: FG To Spend N3bn On Nigeria 2018 World Cup

The Federal Government will spend about N3 billion on Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup tournament holding in Russia next year, Sports Minister Solomon Dalung disclosed this yesterday.
Addressing State House correspondents after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari, the minister said the budget for the competition had been sent to the president for a special intervention.
The minister said: "When you have a problem, for you to successfully address your problem, you have to review the history of your problem.

"One of the challenges we have been having in sports administration, especially competition is the welfare of the players and the officiating team and we intend to set a new approach to the question of welfare.

"By March, we intend to start paying the players their allowances, camping allowances upfront. Now, that will go a long way to boost the morale of the players and confidence too. 

"The new method of governance in football has taken the pattern of change. We will also ensure that there is unity within the football family. 

"Because unity too is a key factor going by some of the reports we had in the past where poor performances were attributable to lack of unity between the family, the technical team, the officials and the players. This unity has to be promoted. 

"Finally, we will also ensure that government makes funds available on time. 

"That has been why the budget for the competition has since been sent to the president for a special intervention so that government can make provision for some of the funds we need for training now before other things can come up."
Asked how much is needed to execute the project, he responded:
"Well, we have a conservative budget of about N3 billion but out of that N3 billion, FIFA is going to raise about N900 million, our sponsors and partners are also going to put about N600 million, government will conservatively raise about N2 billion or N2.5 billion to compliment.

"This time, we also intend to mobilize a very strong federal government delegation that will support the team because sports is also about number. 

"The number of people you have on ground can also give support to the players and intimidate."

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