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NFF gets $1m from FIFA as COVID-19 palliative, another $.6m for projects

Amaju Pinnick and FIFA

Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the football house received a total of USD1,000,000.00 as COVID-19 palliatives from world football governing body, FIFA.

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made this known in a series of tweet on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Pinnick also revealed that Nigeria football was also assisted with another USD600,000.00 from the world federation for a project that includes building of two mini stadiums.

“Huge appreciation to football’s world governing body, FIFA, for the $1 million (one million dollars) the Federation has received in the frame of COVID-19 palliatives. The money was received by the the NFF and we re-confirmed the purpose from FIFA two days ago,” Pinnick wrote.

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“FIFA also sent $600,000 to the Federation for the FIFA Forward 2.0 projects in Birnin-Kebbi and Ugborodo. At $300,000 each, it will enable the mini-stadia in both centers to start at a very good pace, as we earmark completion by the end of March 2021.

“As a further break down, the $1 million for palliatives is composed of $500,000 for men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game.”

He added:”FIFA has also promised to send the Federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts.

“On the continent, we have received confirmation from CAF that the Federation will receive the expected $300,000 from the Confederation on or before Sunday, the 1st of November.

“With the $200,000 we have already ring-fenced from our sponsors’ funds for the purpose the coast will then be clear for us to start the disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries, as captured in our approved template, from next week.

“Even though we are bolstered by the guidelines from FIFA strictly outlying the purposes of these funds as well as the approval of the the NFF Executive Board, we will also interface with our auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, on each and every line item, to ensure the disbursements conform to global best practices.

“Beneficiaries MUST ensure 100% compliance to guidelines by ensuring that all funds are paid into designated accounts.”

On Tuesday, FIFA announced that its president, Gianni Infantino had tested positive for the coronavirus, and Pinnick did not fail to wish the Swiss-Italian “God’s speed as he recovers.”

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