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NFF Confirms Receipt of FIFA’s $1M Covid-19 Palliatives

Nigerian Football Federation, NFF President, Mr, Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that the federation has received FIFA’s one million dollar Covid-19 palliatives.

Amaju Pinnick full of gratitude to the world football governing body FIFA, via his twitter handle revealed that the country football ruling body has received the Covid-19 palliatives some days ago.

“Huge appreciation to football’s world governing body, @FIFAcom, for the $1 million (one million dollars) the Federation has received in the frame of COVID-19 palliatives. The money was received by the @thenff and we re-confirmed the purpose from FIFA two days ago”, he twitted.

He also affrimed that the federation has also received the sum of six hundred thousand dollars for the FIFA 2.0 project in Kebbi and Ugborodo.

“@FIFAcom also sent $600,000 to the Federation for the FIFA Forward 2.0 projects in Birnin-Kebbi and Ugborodo. At $300,000 each, it will enable the mini-stadia in both centers to start at a very good pace, as we earmark completion by the end of March 2021.

He continued by stating that the one million dollar is meant to be shared equally between the Men’s and Women’s football game, while also revealing that world football governing body has promised to send in additional five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) some times in January 2021, why also confirming the receipt of three hundred thousand dollars Covid-19 palliatives from Confederation of African football ( CAF).

“As a further break down, the $1 million for palliatives is composed of $500,000 for men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game. FIFA has also promised to send the Federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts.

“On the continent, we have received confirmation from @CAF_Online that the Federation will receive the expected $300,000 from the Confederation on or before Sunday, the 1st of November. With the $200,000 we have already ring-fenced from our sponsors’ funds for the purpose.

While also confirming that it will begin the disbursement of the funds next week.

“The coast will then be clear for us to start the disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries, as captured in our approved template, from next week, even though we are bolstered by the guidelines from FIFA strictly outlying the purposes of these funds as well as the approval of the @thenff Executive Board, we will also interface with our auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, on each and every line item, to ensure the disbursements conform to global best practices, beneficiaries must ensure 100% compliance to guidelines by ensuring that all funds are paid into designated accounts” he said.

“I would also like to thank all beneficiaries for their patience and understanding at these trying times.

“Finally, I would like to wish @FIFAcom President, Gianni Infantino God’s speed as he recovers” he concluded.

Olaoluwa Fawole

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