President of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Sir. Honour Sirawoo, has commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the the transparency it employed in disbursing the COVID-19 palliative package from FIFA, CAF and other sponsors.
In a release issued on Tuesday by the association’s Secretary General, Jude Opara, Sirawoo, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Rivers State Ministry of Sports expressed satisfaction with the approximately N11.6m that was earmarked for SWAN and the meticulous process which the NFF took to carry out the exercise to capture all stakeholders in Nigerian football.
He also noted that the gesture will in no small measure enhance the cordial working relationship between the NFF and other stakeholders especially SWAN, even as he urged all the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the grant.
“The leadership of the NFF has displayed a very high degree of transparency in the manner it handled the COVID-19 palliatives from its various sponsors by ensuring that all the stakeholders in the football development chain were captured.
“We in SWAN are particularly happy because this recognition will go a long way in ameliorating the impact of the pandemic which has slowed down the economic activities of the country.”
“We thank the President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick and members of his Board for this well-thought and timely gesture; our members have gone through various degrees of pains following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, we say thank you NFF” he declared.
The SWAN President also assured that he will ensure that all the members of the Association in its 37 state chapters were given their due from the amount.
He also urged the NFF to continue to work assiduously in its quest to enhance the development of football in the country “because football has remained one factor that has over the years held Nigerians together”.