The Federal Government has released the funds required to pay all outstanding bonuses and allowances owed the super Eagles and the Super Falcons to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a statement by the Director for Information in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Kenechukwu Offie, the federal said it paid the money to the NFF on Thursday.
The statement read, “The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of naira equivalent of US$1,173,820.00 at N305/$ to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s Africa nations Cup.
“This is in furtherance of the approval from Hon Minister of Finance for the said amount to be paid. The mandate which is a sum of Three hundred and Fifty-Eight Million, fifteen thousand, One Hundred naira only has been paid by the Central bank of Nigeria as at yesterday 15th December, 2016.
“Similarly, another mandate for the sum of One hundred and Thirteen million, Eight Hundred and Twenty thousand, Six Hundred and Two naira only has also been released by Office of Accountant General of the Federation for the payment of wining bonus for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches; and for the Super Falcon’s participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nation’s Cup.
“This amount has also been paid to Nigeria Football Federation and is equally sequel to the approval of the Honourable minister of Finance,” Offie said.
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