Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has slammed the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) over the missing sum of $135,000 which the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) mistakenly paid the body in excess of a recent development fund.
The IAAF is said to have committed an error of remitting $150,000 the the AFN in 2017, while trying to disburse a regular sum of $15,000 to the affiliated federation, but the Nigerian body has failed to refund the money it was overpaid two years ago.
This is despite the IAAF writing to the AFN over the matter, with series of reminders and discussions not yielding the desired result, but the global body has now issued a deadline, warning that Nigeria faces a ban.
SWAN have now added their voice to the matter, adding in a statement that they are worried because the House of Representatives Committee on Sports promised to investigate the matter but nothing came out of it.
The sportswriters stressed that, had the lawmakers investigated the issue, Nigeria would have been saved an international embarrassment.
SWAN stated: “It is regrettable that the federation and indeed the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports have for over two years failed to find out how the money developed wings from the accounts of the AFN to the extent that the IAAF has threatened sanctions on Nigeria.
“In fact, Nigeria is set to be barred from the forthcoming All Africa Games in Morocco this year due to this embarrassing scandal.
“SWAN, therefore calls on the Federal Government, in line with its zero tolerance for corruption, to immediately initiate a thorough investigation into how Nigeria arrived at this inglorious situation and bring everybody involved to book.
“SWAN insists that Nigerian athletes must not suffer for the brazen misdemeanor of some personnel at both the AFN and the Sports Ministry.”