Sport Minister goofs again

The Minister for Youths and Sports Development Solomon Dalung in his bid to justify how properly his ministry spent funds allocated to it says ‘funds spended are well spended’.

The House of Representatives committee on sports summoned Dalung and other officials to appear before it in a bid to tackle pending issues on disbursement of funds to the various federations.

In a video posted by Channels Television, the sports minister who has been at the centre of criticisms denied allegations that his ministry is corrupt.

“Before we left for Rio (Olympics), we wrote and requested for the release of monies appropriated for in the budget and it has not been released for the federations.

“450million (Naira) was appropriated for the Olympics and we spent far far far beyond that; so monies that were given to the federation could not have been monies meant for Olympics,” Dalung stated.

The statement did not go well with some members of the committee who believe the sports ministry should not have spent more than the provisions in the budget.

“It is a serious matter, because he is spending outside the confines of the approval given by the national assembly,” says Danburam Nuhu a member of the Senate committee on sports.

Dalung replied: “The funds ‘spended were properly spended’ because we got them from intervention funds from Mr. President.”

Chairman of the committee Bukar Lawal however advised that the sports ministry must re-appear before the committee at a later date.

“You make sure that when next you are here, you give us documents that are properly guided because we will not consider the 2017 budget until we are through with the 2016 budget and that is the procedure,” he charged.

Recall that Dalung made an unbelievable blunder while addressing the press about the stranded U-23 team at an airport in Atlanta in August.

The minister who was trying to defend the fact coach Samson Siasia and the Dream Team VI’s predicament was not the fault of the FG said: “Our U-23 team are suffering in the United States of Nigeria.”

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