NSC targets N20.5m revenue generation for 2014
• As House Committee showers encomiums on Elegbeleye
The National Sports Commission (NSC) is targeting revenue generation of N20.5 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year.
The Commission had visited the House of Representatives Committee on Sports to defend its budget for the 2014 but NSC Director-General Gbenga Elegbeleye was asked to take a bow after he was eulogised by the Committee.
Elegbeleye had told the House Committee on Sports that the targeted fund would come from the use of main-bowls, car parks, staff canteens, handball courts, shops and kiosks, swimming pools and the use of open spaces.
The document submitted by the NSC revealed that while the ministry raked in N12.225 million revenue in 2013 from the same sources, it has an 82.7 per cent projection in 2014.
Also, against the insistence of the upper chambers of the Senate, the members of the Committee unanimously told the NSC D-G to take a bow as a former member of the committee.
The Committee members showered encomium on Hon. Elegbeleye describing his appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan as a round peg in a round hole, just as they attributed the successes recorded in sports to his contribution.
First to speak after the D-G had finished presenting the annual appropriation for the Commission, a member from Imo State, Alphonus Gerald Ilonta, had moved a motion for the committee to simply ask the DG, ‘not to take a bow but to walk away’.
“Interestingly, this is the first time we are meeting with Hon. Elegbeleye since his appointment by Mr President. The achievements recorded in sports since his assumption of office are indications that he is the right person for the job.
“He has distinguished himself and we should be proud of him. In view of this, I want to move a motion for this committee to tell the D-G not to take a bow but to walk away. I want to base my motion on the fact that having been on this side previously, he knows what to do and how to do it to take Nigerian sports to the next level,” Ilonta said.
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