The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development led by Sunday Dare, has denied allegations its officers diverted funds meant to be paid as wage and allowances for Nigeria’s Women’s Basketball group, D’Tigres, saying the cash is protected with the Central Bank Of Nigeria.
The denial by the sports activities ministry comes after The D’Tigress group gamers launched a video alleging they’ve been owed near $200,000 from way back to 2018 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The group gamers within the video mentioned they will not play another match for the nationwide group together with the FIBA world cup qualifiers till their excellent allowances are paid to them.
The gamers who requested for the fee of the backlog of their bonuses and allowances, an improved welfare bundle, and to be honoured by the Nigerian presidency for doing the nation proud, questioned why their historic feat of profitable three straight African titles has not warranted being invited to Aso Rock even when it is just for the ceremonial presidential handshake.
A member of the group, Ify Ibekwe, outlined the monies they’re owed.
She mentioned: “We are owed $73,118 by the NBBF, $24,000 by the Ministry for the Tokyo grant, and $100,000 donation from three banks in Nigeria.”
On Wednesday afternoon, October 13, the Sports ministry launched an announcement denying it diverted the cash meant for the ladies.
“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has denied allegations made in a press assertion utilized in a bit of the media and in a video clip that its officers shared some monies donated to the Men and Women Basketball Teams forward of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“The Ministry wishes to make the following clarifications : 1.The $230,000 Dollars donated to the teams by the Banks under the Adopt-a-Team programme of the Ministry is intact in the NBBF’s official domiciliary account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”
“2.That only the 12 female Team members of D’Tigress have supplied their foreign account numbers. The Ministry waited for the account numbers of the Male Team to be supplied so that the processing of payments can be one off as requested by the CBN.”
“3.The Ministry has requested the CBN to commence the processing of the payment to the Female Basketball Players immediately. The Male will be paid as soon as their account details are supplied.”
“4. Ministry needs to state additional that every one excellent -Olympics and Paralympics Games allowances and bonuses are being processed and solely slowed down by funds availability.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Finance has been absolutely furnished with particulars of the excellent allowances and funds as a result of NBBF and the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) and efforts are being made to safe the discharge. Ismaila Abubakar Permanent Secretary FMYSD”
Watch the video of the gamers under
I be part of the @DtigressNG in taking a stand.Lets be part of them as they take a stand until their calls for are met by NBBF&Ministry
$73118 in allowances/bonuses
$24,000 Ministry Tokyo grant
$100,000 donated to them by 3 banks
Presidential reception#AllForOneOneForAll pic.twitter.com/1MbuYjsba6
— Queen Moseph (@Queenjohn4) October 12, 2021