by Chi Ibe
Yesterday, news hit the blogosphere that the National Sports Commission had, as part of its expenditure, allocated N1.2 million to “open” a Facebook account (Read the story here). Howvere, opening of Facebook accounts are free of any cost.
YNaija immediately contacted the Director-General of the commission, Patrick Ekeji, but he was busy at the National Assembly “defending the budget”. After an angry retort this morning by the spokesperson to Mr. Ekeji (“I don’t know anything about it. How can you ask me to comment on something I know nothing about.”), the commission gave us an official response, denying the allegation.
“1.2 million was not spent on opening a Facebook account,” said Mr. Pepple who is in charge of the Information and Communication Technology unit. “Everybody knows that opening a Facebook account is free. It was opened free of charge.
“These were management expenses that came up during the All Africa Games camping exercise. The former minister Suleiman ordered that a Facebook crew follow him around to the six sites. 12 staff were sent to the six camp sites. The minister had a Facebook account already.
“This money was approved and covered feeding expenses, accommodation and other expenses. It was also from the same funds that we bought internet modems to carry out the work. This is even outside of digital cameras and other items that were used. I insist that not one dime was used to open a Facebook account: People should get their facts straight.”
It will be recalled that he Sports Committee of the House of Representatives resumed its hearing over the alleged corruption in the commission yesterday – a subject over which, the committee is divided.
So there. What do you think? Too neat?