CAB understands that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), on Friday (today), revealed it has released to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the payment mandate of $1.17m (N358m) to settle the allowances of the victorious Super Falcons.
This is according to a statement from the OAGF signed by the Director, Information, Mrs Kene Offie.
It also said additional N113m has been released to pay the outstanding winning bonuses for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches.
The statement said the release of the payment mandate to the CBN was sequel to an earlier approval given by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.
The statement read in part: “The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of Naira equivalent of $1,173,820.00 at N305/$ to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s African Nations Cup.
“This is in furtherance of the approval from Hon. Minister of Finance for the said amount to be paid.
“The mandate which is a sum of Three Hundred and Fifty-Eight Million, Fifteen Thousand, One Hundred Naira only has been paid by Central Bank of Nigeria as at yesterday 15th December, 2016.
“Similarly, another mandate for the sum of One Hundred and Thirteen Million, Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand, Six Hundred and Two Naira only has also been released by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation for the payment of wining bonus for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches; and for the Super Falcon’s participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nation’s Cup.
“This amount has also been paid to Nigeria Football Federation and is equally sequel to the approval of the Honourable Minister of Finance.”
The Super Falcons had embarked on a sit-tight protest at their Agura Hotel, Abuja, since lifting their eight AWCON title two weeks ago, owing to backlog of unpaid bonuses and allowances by the NFF.
Eventually, they took their grievances to the National Assembly with the hope of meeting Pres. Buhari in person on the day he was to present the 2017 national budget and even demonstrated with placards. However, it took the intervention of the President’s Chief of Staff, and, subsequently, Pres. Buhari himself for them to return to their hotel with the promise that they will be paid in two days.