Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to shun corruption and adopt transparency in their conduct.
Dare was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the NFF in Benin City on Tuesday.
The minister was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary Olusade Adesola.
His call for transparency comes in the wake of ongoing corruption investigations against the board of the NFF.
Dare demanded that the NFF addressed the negative perception of corruption around it.
The minister also said unfounded allegations, insinuations, blackmail and smear campaign won’t distract him from giving his best while in office.
“As minister of youth and sports development, I lead the new dispensation of a transparent and accountable sports administration at all levels within the ministry and the federations. I will not be distracted by unfounded allegations, insinuations, brazen blackmail and the putrid smear campaign that have now become a cancer in our sports administration,” Dare said.
“The first step towards reducing corruption is for all transactions in football to be transparent and it starts now. transparency should be new watchword if the NFF and its affiliates want to do the business of soccer to rake in millions as is the case in other climes.
“Transparency can only be attained when the activities of the federation are subjected to routine checks, while those found culpable are made to face the wrath of the law, no matter whose ox is gored,” he added.
The minister also said sports will be able to attract sponsorship and achieve their goals if corruption is reduced.