The Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Honourable Godfrey Ali Gaiya has justified the decision by the House Committee on Public Account to summon the new Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye, to defend the N3 billion spent by the commission over the last three years.
Hon. Gaiya said the committee is under the jurisdiction to summon whoever is within the NSC’s top ranks to offer explanations as to the modalities with which funds were spent even if such officer was not in office during the three years in question.
“The House of Representatives has over 80 committees and one of these committees is the House Committee on Public Account. The Committee functions more like what they called auditors. Auditors look at accounts of the three years possible. They look at the account in a view to see that money given is properly retired,” said Gaiya.
“If money given is not properly retired, the committee has the right to invite whosoever to give further details and explanations as regards the subject matter. But I want you to know that before today the House Committee on Sports has always been worried about the way and manner the funds meant for sporting activities have been utilized.
“From the beginning they (NSC) never told us how they intend to use the money. I wouldn’t know how they use it but the onus is on them to state how they use it.
“So I am not surprised that the House Committee on Public Account wants to know how such lump sum money was utilized. To be fair to us the Commission to show us in details hoe they intend to utilise the sporting funds as captured. Nigerians should know how such funds were utilized,” Gaiya added.