The National Assembly has allocated the sum of NGN1.6 billion to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the 2017 budget recently passed.
Basically, some of the said amount covers for overhead, tournament participation in terms of qualifiers and personnel.
A breakdown of the budget shows that the sum of NGN905,695,005 million was earmarked for overhead cost while the sum of NGN500 million is for tournament qualifiers and participation while personnel cost got the sum of NGN106,287,450 million.
The NFF will spend NGN94, 447,715 million for salaries and wages while the 2017 Federations Cup for male has NGN90 million. Salaries of national coaches will take NGN10 million, publicity and adverts will cost the sum of NGN2, 169,344 million.
However, there is another NGN125 million meant for support for the League Management Company of Nigeria (LMC) and N10 million for support for the Nigerian Women League. The sum of NGN30 million is for support for a certain Veteran Cup Foundation Competition.
To demonstrate how less important Nigeria takes sports development, only a paltry sum of NGN13.5 million is earmarked for grassroots football, while general maintenance and repairs will take NGN30 million.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation recently entered into a 5-year sponsorship deal worth NGN 2.5 billion with Aiteo, an Oil company. According to Aiteo, the deal covers all the national teams under the federation.