The General Secretary, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC), to keep close watch on the cases involving corruption among the officials of NFF.
Dr. Sanusi who led a three-man team on a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, made the call during an interactive session with the management of the anti-graft agency.He said that there was a need to forge a strategic alliance between the NFF and ICPC in order to achieve set objectives.
Speaking further on the reason for the visit to ICPC, Sanusi said it was to inform the Commission about the Integrity Initiative Programme of the NFF, and to also establish collaboration with ICPC especially on issues of anti-corruption.
Explaining the activities carried out in NFF, the National Integrity Officer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa, said that the federation is carrying out a crusade against corruption in the area of match fixing to enable officials work properly. He said “The integrity initiative activities are as usual centered on monitoring of operations within and at the Sports Terminals to ensure smooth operations by removing bottlenecks that usually occur during matches”.
Dr. Emeruwa stressed the importance of establishing a strategic analysis framework with ICPC and other anti- corruption agencies, adding that these would make them more focused and effective in their quest for a corruption-free Nigeria.
The ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, who received the NFF team in the Commission’s Boardroom, stated that the Commission was willing to collaborate with NFF on any aspect that would enhance the campaign against corruption in Nigeria, adding that ICPC would offer maximum cooperation to ensure the success of the Integrity Initiative.