House Urges Finance Ministry to Release Funds for Olympics

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Damilola Oyedele in Abuja

Worried by reports that Team Nigeria has not been financially mobilised in its preparations for the Rio2016 Olympic Games starting in August, the House of Representatives has urged the Finance Ministry to urgently release funds to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

The House also called on the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, to follow up with the Finance Ministry, Budget Office and Accountant General of the Federation, to facilitate the release of the funds.

Hon. Abubakar Nuhu (Kano APC) in a motion noted that Team Nigeria ought to have been settled in camp by now as part of preparations for the Games.

He lamented that the shoddy preparation occasioned by the late release of funds which usually mars the performance of Team Nigeria may also lead to another failure at the Rio2016 Games in Brazil.