Sports Minister Gives NFF Deadline On Movement To New Secretariat
Sunday Dare

Sports Minister Gives NFF Deadline On Movement To New Secretariat

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Nigeria's Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to relocate its secretariat to the Sunday Dankaro House.

The country's football governing body has been told to make the move within the next two weeks so as to put the refurbished building into functional use.

Dare gave the order on Thursday when he paid a visit to the structure which is located inside Package B of MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

"It is a working visit for me, my first time of inspecting Sunday Dankaro Building and I feel it is important to see what is going on with the building. This is a befitting building, I am impressed with what I have seen so far, this building should be functional in two weeks and it is a befitting structure for Nigeria's football," Dare said.

"The building is long overdue and that is why the Sunday Dankaro House must be put in place so that the Moshood Abiola Stadium will be busy once again.

Old and new look of the complex

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, had promised in December 2019 that the federation will relocate to the building which was built at the cost of N339 million, before the end of January.

But with the movement to the new office not already happening, the minister has now ordered the federation to move from its current location in Wuse, Abuja.

The Sunday Dankaro House was commissioned in 2013 by then Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, after it was built by a Presidential Task Force set up by the then acting-President, Goodluck Jonathan, and chaired by the then Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

The football house is named after Dankaro, an industrialist and a businessman, who was the Chairman of NFA from 1974-1980.

The NFF had reportedly spent over N200 million on renovation works on the building that stands on two floors on a gross floor area of 2,000 square meters.

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