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NFF crisis: Congress beckons on National Assembly

By George Aluo
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to the nation’s parliament to do something fast on the NFF bill which has passed third reading in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
NFF Congress at its meeting in Benin yesterday noted that all the crisis rocking Nigerian football would end with the passage of the bill.
A communique released after the Congress stated in part: “The Congress implored the National Assembly to fast-track the conclusion of the NFF Bill, which has already passed third reading in both chambers and awaiting harmonization and transmittal to the President/C-in-C for assent. The Congress noted that the NFF Bill would provide the platform that would completely eliminate most of the current challenges being experienced and ensure the sustainable development of football in Nigeria. The Congress further noted that the NFF Statutes would consequently be duly amended to conform to the current realities of modern football management and the provisions of the NFF Bill as well as ensure inclusivity and optimization of service delivery at all levels.”
Congress was full of praise for President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and endorsement of the tenets of Association Football.
“The Congress expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and, in particular, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), for the continuous support the Government has been giving football development, including the unequivocal endorsement of the applicability in Nigeria of the tenets of Association Football, in line with the best international practices. The Congress duly appreciates this support, as it is clearly the panacea that would drive sustainable football development in Nigeria,” the Communique stated.

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