Minister, NFF blame TSA for payment delays, beg Siasia

Minister, NFF blame TSA for payment delays, beg Siasia
August 14 05:46 2016

The Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy has been 
blamed for the delay in the payment of allowances and
bonuses of players and coaching crew of the Dream
Team VI in Rio.
A statement issued by Ademola Olajire, the Nigeria
Football Federation (NFF) Assistant Director of
Communications quoted the federation’s President
Amaju Pinnick as saying so when he communicated
 with the team’s handler Samson Siasia, on telephone.

“I just finished a long telephone discussion with Siasia
and I explained to him the situation the NFF is in and
why he has not received his salary.
“As I explained last week, we received some money
from CAF and I directed that the money be used to
offset the salaries of the U-23 team coaches and also
for the Super Falcons’ coaches.

“The money has come into the NFF account but it has
to first go into our Treasury Single Account (TSA)
before we can access it and then use it.
“The vouchers for the payment have already been
done,’’ the statement quoted Pinnick as saying.
It further quoted Pinnick as saying that the NFF General
Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and the Minister of
Sports Solomon Dalung had also intervened at different
points to explain the football house predicament to
Siasia.
“Siasia confirmed that before I spoke to him, the NFF
General Secretary had also called him to explain the
situation to him.

“We are not unmindful of what our coaches are going
through in this challenging period and we praise them
for their patriotism and hard work despite all these.
“I want to specially appreciate the Honourable
Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, who had already
dispatched accountants to the U-23 team hotel to pay
the allowances of players and officials before I called
the team.

“The Honourable Minister instructed the accountants
to also pay the four alternate players, who are not
accredited for the Games; we commend him for his
efforts,” the statement also quoted Pinnick as saying.
Dalung and Pinnick have moved quickly to douse
feelings of discontent in the Nigeria U-23 team which have qualified for semi-finals.