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Dalong Vows To Curb Corruption In Sports

Nigeria’s sports minister talks tough on corruption


The new Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalong, has vowed to eradicate corruption that has plagued the nation’s sports sector over the years.

Addressing sports journalists in Abuja during a seminar organized by Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (FCT SWAN) on Wednesday as part of the programme to mark this year SWAN Week, the former Hockey player said, “the rot in the sports sector is so alarming” that he needs to give his best to fight and eradicate it completely if sports must strive in the country.

According to him, “I was a victim of corruption in football, when I led a Federal Government delegation to one of the football competitions in 2002.

“I was told that my estacode was 700 US dollars but only to be given 400 dollars, while their children, girlfriends were playing with dollars there.”

Dalong warned those who may have want to come and bribe him so that he will close his eyes to corruption that has eaten deep in the sector to keep away from him, noting that any brownenvelope that will come his way, the handler will be reported to the security agencies for proper action

–  Raphael Ekpang, Abuja

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