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Ex-Technical Director Petitions Nigeria’s Anti-graft Commission, Seeks Probe Of Sports Minister, Other Over Alleged Corruption, Shambolic Tokyo Olympics Outing

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The disaster within the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement has taken a brand new twist as a former Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Sunday Adeleye has petitioned the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) to analyze the minister, Sunday Dare, over alleged breach of the Public Procurement Act, amongst others.

Adeleye, in one other petition to the ICPC, known as for the investigation of the Secretary-Basic of the AFN for alleged misconduct and mismanagement of funds.



Two petitions, dated July 30, 2021 and addressed to the Chairman of ICPC, have been written in opposition to Dare.

Certainly one of them is titled, ‘Petition In opposition to The Hon Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement Over Gross Breach of The Public Procurement Act 2007 (PPA).’

It learn, “We’re constrained to deliver to your consideration the impunity with which the Public Procurement Act 2007 (PPA) was breached by Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, Hon. Minister of Youth & Sports activities Improvement within the award of a contract to AFA Sports activities.

“Within the build-up to the departure of Group Nigeria to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games, the Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports activities Improvement (FMYSD), underneath the directive of Mr. Sunday Dare, awarded a contract for the availability of Sports activities Kits to AFA Sports activities with out due consideration of the Public Procurement Act.

“Based on public procurement ACT, 2007 (PPA). Part 1 and three. of the PPA established the Nationwide Council on Public Procurement (the Council) and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) respectively.”

Many Nigerians have been angered by the organisation and administration of athletes and others throughout the Tokyo Olympics held in Japan this 12 months.

First, there was the embarrassment of seeing 10 of the nation’s athletes disqualified over administrative incompetence by Nigerian officers.

Then one in every of Nigeria’s medal hopefuls, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, who made the Shot Put closing, shared a video of himself washing his competitors jersey for his subsequent outing, writing, “Once you made the Olympic Finals, however you solely have one jersey.”

A faction of the AFN, led by Shehu Gusau, had secured a contract with Puma to supply package for the Nigerian group going for the worldwide occasion.

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement refused to permit Group Nigeria to be kitted within the Puma wears, saying it was not aware of the settlement signed with the package’s producer.

The ministry alleged that Gusau, and a former technical director of AFN, Adeleye, refused to reveal the contractual settlement they allegedly signed on behalf of AFN for 5 years with out recourse to the board.

Earlier than Group Nigeria’s departure for Tokyo, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had unveiled Afa Sports activities because the official kits provider for Group Nigeria.

However Adeleye insisted the federation had a subsisting contract with Puma.

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The second petition in opposition to Dare is titled, ‘Petition In opposition to The Hon Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement Involving Double Request, Approval and Launch of Funds in Favour of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).’

It alleged that Dare duplicated a contract that had been awarded by a former Minister of Youth and Sports activities Improvement, Solomon Dalung.

It learn, “In the reason for our actions, we got here throughout paperwork regarding software, approval and launch of funds quantity to about N2 billion in favour of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).

“The background of the story is that Barr. Solomon Selcap Dalung, former Hon. Minister of Youth & Sports activities Improvement, had someday in 2019 earlier than the dissolution of the Federal Govt Council (FEC) the place he served throughout the 1st tenure of Mr. President, made an software in respect of the NBBF.”

It alleged that there was an “software for the sum of N1.6 billion” to allow the ministry fund some actions.

 

On August 10, 2021, Adeleye additionally petitioned the ICPC in a letter titled, ‘Letter of Petition In opposition to Adisa Adeniyi Beyioku for Gross Misconduct and Mismanagement of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Funds.’

The petition learn, “We’re constrained to deliver to your consideration the gross misconduct and mismanagement of public funds perpetrated by one Adisa Adeniyi Beyioku.

“The Ministry of Youth & Sports activities Improvement claimed he’s the Secretary Basic of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) previous to preparations of Athletics Group to 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Our consideration was additionally drawn to a press launch on the sixth August, 2021 titled: ‘THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT (FMYSD)’ and SIGNED BY DR. SIMON EBOHJAIYE AG DIRECTOR, FEAD the place particular clarifications have been made in regards to the Kits for Group Nigeria to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.

“Paragraph 3 of the press launch particularly acknowledged that the Ministry gives monetary help to every Sports activities Federation as required. It’s subsequently, the accountability of every Nationwide Sports activities Federation to supply these Competitors wears for his or her Group’s Athletes and officers.

“Mr Adisa Adeniyi Beyioku has been the custodian and accounting officer of all funds requested, utilizing the identify of AFN to use by the Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports activities Improvement. We consider he was supplied with funds too. The revelation of AG Director, FEAD acknowledged categorically that monetary help was offered to package the Athletics Group on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games.

“It was disheartening and a Nationwide embarrassment to see Nigerian Athletics Athletes being supplied with just one pair of jersey on the Tokyo Olympics which pressured them to scrub the wears every single day earlier than the following competitors. That is after the Ministry’s AG. Director claimed that each one needed funds to package the athletes have been offered to help Athletics athletes as requested by Adisa Adeniyi Beyioku.”

Adeleye was sacked by the sports activities minister, Dare in November 2019.

His elimination was contained in a letter addressed to the President of the AFN, Shehu Gusau.

The letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Improvement stated Adeleye’s sacking was ordered by Dare, claiming he was eliminated over alleged gross misconduct.

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