COVID-19: NFF to review $193m 2020 budget

COVID-19: NFF to review $193m 2020 budget in five weeks

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The Nigeria Football Federation is set to amend its $193m (N7.5bn) 2020 budget earmarked for the total expenditure of the federation.

The NFF Executive Committee, according to the meeting’s eight-point communique, resolved that the Federation should revise its 2020 budget for the year, among other stringent measures.

In a communique, the committee said that the revised budget would “form the new working document/financial estimate to be submitted to the NFF Congress for approval at a virtual meeting within the next five weeks’’.

“It will guide the operations of the NFF for the remaining part of the year. Extensive sensitisation and mobilisation of stakeholders in the football family will be done for everyone to understand, align with and ingest the new workplan.’’

The NFF Executive Committee also agreed that the Federation, in line with these new realities, would “prioritise programmes, activities and competitions in which to partake, with the engagement of the senior teams being the fulcrum’’.

The communique stated that the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and Sanusi have been mandated to cut down expenses in the running of the Federation from all areas possible and enforce belt-tightening measures.

“This is to ensure the Federation operates only within the framework of guaranteed revenue.’’

The NFF Executive Committee further set up an ad-hoc committee headed by its President to interface with the Federation’s partners and sponsors in the next weeks.

“This is with a view to appraising, balancing and optimising the relationship each way with a model that will take care of the interest of all parties within the realities on ground.

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“We took this decision in deep appreciation of the realities that are bound to unfold after the COVID-19 pandemic and the resumption of football activities, and the various scenarios possible in the circumstances.’’

The NFF Executive Committee also mandated its President to meet with the Federation’s Official Optimum Partner, AITEO.

“This is specially to discuss matters involving the AITEO Cup 2020 competition and payment of coaches’ salaries.

“The NFF will create windows for the various stages of the AITEO Cup competition to run its full course in order for Nigeria to register her representatives for next season’s CAF Confederation Cup competition.’’

The NFF then assured that the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship, whose state competitions have already been concluded and some zones having also completed their competitions would run its full course.

It said this would be immediately after the COVID-19 and resumption of football activities.

The NFF Executive Committee further assessed a report by the General Secretary on the recent visit of the FIFA West Zone B Coordinator to Nigeria in respect of its FIFA Forward Project.

“The Committee approved the commencement of construction of new projects in Delta and Kebbi, renewed attention to the abandoned project in Bauchi and the renovation of the Goal Project inside the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Complex in Abuja, complete with a new pitch and pavilion.’’

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