N1.2 MILLION FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, HOUSE SUMMONS EKEJI

Published:30 Jan, 2012

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The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Chief Patrick Ekeji is reportedly being summoned by the House of Representatives over the Commission’s expenditures, including N1.2 million for Facebook account.

In a high profile investigation panel set up by the House of Representatives over allegations of financial misappropriation and abuse of office, Chief Ekeji would explain how the N3.7 billion that was advanced to the Commission for the 10th All Africa Games held in Maputo in 2011 was expended.

According to the Nigerian Tribune,

“He (Chief Ekeji) is expected to defend how he transferred monies to 19 sports federation; N1,200,000.00 (One million, two hundred thousand naira) used in opening Facebook account for the National Sport Commission; N182, 124, 179,000.00 used in rehabilitating the National Stadium in Lagos, and another N117,875,820.95 used in rehabilitating the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (Liberty Stadium) Ibadan. Ekeji will also provide warrant of approval by President Goodluck Jonathan for him to expend the sum of N350,000,000.00 from the yet to be approved 2012 Budget for the London 2012 Olympic Game.”

The said Facebook account of the National Sports Commission currently has about 5000 fans and doesn’t look like anything bought for N1.2 million (about $8000).

While opening a Faceboook account doesn’t cost a dime, it is possible the Commission may have paid a consultant to create and manage the page for a fee or it might just be that budgeting N1.2 million was a good way to embezzle some funds.

Chief Ekeji had earlier been criticised for the poor performance of Nigerian teams in the international arena in 2011 and already, there have been calls for his sack over Nigeria’s sports misfortunes.

The National Sports Commission is responsible for implementing the policy and programs of the Federal Government with respect to sports, sports development, sports infrastructure and facilities development.

The commission is also responsible for preparing national athletes and teams participating and representing Nigeria in continental and international sports competitions

Courtesy Nigerian Tribune

  • oluwakemi

    Ahn ahn, to open fb account…this is ridiculous…even if a firm is appointed to manage same…corruption is written all over it…..

  • Adegbola!

    Mark must not here this o, I’m sure he’ll sue the Nigerian govt. Ki lo de?

  • Olusola Mehin

    I used to think opening a facebook account was free. Abeg when did that change? We need to get these guys prosecuted. Like my people will say “When the black ant bites the buttocks it [the buttocks] learns some sense”

  • Olayiwola Aloba

    For once cant this country be spared of bad image created by all these big ogas in govt offices. if we all pay for FB services, then d owners will by now be stinkingly rich. Haba people should fear God oooo. Let’s us continue to pray that God wl grant us HIS Salvation IJMN.Amen

  • deji

    wats the fuse of the money spent. no one would say they paid to open a facebook account. the money could has well gone into advetising on social media, which can cost as 10,000 dollars, depending on the span.

  • olu

    1.2million for opening a facebook page!!! This is really hillarious!! But seriously ridiculous!!

  • Djonthenet

    People before we conclude and condemn the man, I would like us to consider the following facts:
    1. It could be a custom facebook page with a custom landing tab, like: http://www.facebook.com/viewsprofessionals
    2. It could be a contracted maintenance

    So, I believe until we have the full details we should not made condemning comments.

  • olakoyejo

    Very soon, they go talk say they wan use N1.5 million buy BB Pin.
    I love Naija mennnnnnnnnnn…thiefing with no creativity

  • bright

    hey mr! 1.2m for a facebook account, this is ridiculous..

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