Emulate late Ogunjobi’s virtues, NFF officials urged
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
A former Chairman of Secretaries of Football Associations in Nigeria and former Vice President of Osun United team, Mr Akin Adio has charged administrators in the Nigeria Football Federation to be virtuous and honest in their dealings in football game in the country would thrive.
According to him, round leather game would have thrived in the country but for corruption in the Glass House.
Adio gave this charge during the first Memorial Lecture for a former Secretary General of the NFF, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun State chapter, in Osogbo.
Speaking as the guest lecturer on the topic: “Life and Times of Ogunjobi: Way Forward for Sports in Nigeria,” Adio, a sports analyst, argued that many football administrators would have been jailed if they had been probed.
He asked the football governing to pay athletes’ allowances on time and desist from diverting grants from FIFA to personal bank accounts.
He said Football Associations in states across the federation do not receive grant from NFF as and when due.
The football administrator described Ogunjobi’s death as a big blow on football game and administration in the country saying that Nigerian teams qualified in all International Competitions during his tenure as Secretary General of NFF.
Speaking earlier, the Acting Chairman of SWAN in Osun, Mr Tope Alabi said the lecture was organised in honour of the late football player, administrator and Pillar of Sports in the state and to also commemorate the 56th anniversary of SWAN through a special indoor games.