Creditors in Nigeria besiege Sports Commission over unpaid debts

first_imgApparently jolted by the presidential directive that all ministries and departmental heads should prepare their handover notes ahead of the change of government next month, creditors over the weekend took over the National Sports Commission (NSC) demanding the payment of their outstanding debts.Contractors, hotels, travel agencies as well as other categories of creditors began arriving the National Stadium which also houses the headquarters of the commission as early as 8 am ready to receive their money.Checks by Sports Vanguard revealed that the debts were from services rendered by the contractors and service providers over the years including those incurred during the failed bid for the hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which eventually went to Glasgow Scotland.According to one of the contractors who pleaded anonymity, they decided to take action now because of the fear that the incoming government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Gen. Muhammad Buhari may not want to honour the debts.He also revealed that he has a very strong evidence that the federal government last year released the N4.3 billion which was budgeted for the Glasgow Games and wondered why the NSC has refused to settle the contractors.“I have very strong and incontrovertible evidence that government has released the funds for the settlement of the bills as the contractors did their bit to help the country record the type of success it got. The athletes that were mobilized during the bid were accommodated in hotels but they have refused to pay,” said the visibly angry contractor. He also blamed the NSC Chairman and Minister, Dr. Tammy Danagogo for allegedly passing the buck to the Director General of the commission, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye by claiming that he has not seen any memo to that effect.last_img

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