By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Kaduna State Football Association has while acknowledging the receipt of N.9m FIFA COVID-19 palliatives fund from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), assured that it would be judiciously used according to the guidelines.
The assurance was given by Honourable Magaji Alhassan, Kaduna FA Vice Chairman who briefed newsmen after the FA board meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday.
He explained that it was part of the resolutions reached at the meeting on how to disburse the $5,000 dollars received.
“As at the time we recieved the $5,000, the value was Worth N1.9m Naira, which as part of our resolutions, we plan to disburse judiciously to the development of football across the three Senatorial zones in the state,” he said.
” As Part of resolutions reached by Kaduna FA Board on December 23, 2020, the Kaduna FA announced that it has received palliiatives from NFF.
“After due agreements based on NFF guidelines, it’s going down to all those meant to reach.
“We have agreed that most of the liabilities owed by the FA should be offset.
“Delegates of our last FA election and electoral committee are also part of beneficiaries,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that they also resolved to distribute jerseys, balls and other kits to the grassroots.
“As part of palliiatives board members were paid allowances.
“Board approved procurement of computers, printers and modem to avoid going to business centres,” he informed.
He also informed that in their bid to accelerate football development, various committees have been set up which include finance, referees, media and publicity, as well as others, which will be each headed by board members and members drafted from stakeholders from the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State.
“To ensure growth of football in the state, zonal competitions like Zafa and Kafa are to take off January 2021,” he added.
Alhassan said that the FA board members also resolved to ensure mobilisation at zonal levels.
“Constitution of local football council’s, board members from three Senatorial zones was also endorsed at the meeting to replace those dissolved earlier this year.
On plans of the board for 2021, he said that they anticipate much progress.
“We are looking forward to a good New Year and call on all Football stakeholders to ensure compliance to COVID-19 protocols.
“We are assuring the government we will adhere to protocols and promoting peaceful coexistence,” he added.