Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Thursday, directed all former Presidents of National Sports Federations to officially hand over all documents and property belonging to the federations to the newly elected and sworn-in presidents or face prosecution by relevant government agencies.
Dalung gave the charge in Abuja, while addressing Presidents of the National Sports Federations at a meeting with the Nigeria Olympic Committee.
Dalung instructed new Presidents to write officially to their predecessors asking for a formal handover of administration.
“The newly elected Presidents must write officially to former presidents and request for a formal hand over. Failure to hand over within the provided period will activate the law. If you refuse to handover government property in your custody, you have invited the law to take over,” he said.
He decried the operation of secret accounts by some former presidents of these federations which negates the existing government policy of Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“Most of the former presidents are still running the federation’s accounts and still collecting grants. All accounts of federations must be disclosed. There are accounts of federations that are unknown even to the new Presidents but are known to individuals. This is not an allegation. This exists. All those accounts must be made public.
“The ministry will not hesitate to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other relevant agencies to deal with federations operating multiple accounts,” he said.
The minister also called on the Nigeria Olympic Committee led by Habu Gumel to get involved in the official hand over process of former presidents to the present ones to ensure continuity and a smooth transition.