The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed its readiness to enforce earlier circulars sent to all its affiliate bodies in respect of football officials playing multiple roles that amount to conflicts of interest in the football space.
According to a letter dated 2nd May 2017 and signed by the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the Federation unequivocally requested “all affiliates to send to the office of the National Integrity Officer received copies of resignation letters by all affected officials on or before 12th May 2017.
The said letters stated that among other issue that no club official should be appointed as a Match Commissioner/ Referee Assessor in any of our Leagues in Nigeria, no State FA secretary should be appointed as a club secretary and that State FA chairmen that are appointed as independent directors in our leagues should no longer be appointed as Match Commissioners/ Referee Assessors in our league games
Also that State FA Chairmen should not be doubling as football club chairmen. Hence, all State FA chairmen that are holding dual offices as club chairmen are advised to either relinquish the State FA chairmanship position or that of the club chairmanship position within three months and that State FA chairmen that are also appointed as board members of football club boards are to also decide to either be Club Board members or State FA chairmen as they are henceforth not allowed to hold dual position forthwith.
In addition, All NFF executive committee members, NFF management and staff, State FA chairmen and their respective Board Members, club chairmen and officials, coaches and all other football officials are hereby directed to desist from Acting as Intermediaries (Agent/Managers) to players forthwith and no official shall be allowed to occupy dual position as a coach and also as an administrator either as State football coach and member of State FA or as a coach and chairman of a football club and all serving referees that are occupying State FA positions either as board member, secretary of State FAs or chairmen are to choose to remain with one of the two official duties.
“It is instructive to remind all concerned that the Nigeria Football Federation shall open up Disciplinary proceedings against affected persons should they fail to convey the evidence of resignation of their affected portfolios to the office of the National Integrity Officer on or before 12th May, 2017,” the letter concluded.
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