Nff Gives Out Covid-19 Palliatives To Clubs In Abuja

Sets to distribute masks, gloves, sanitisers in Lagos, Abuja


The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday handed out palliatives to

representatives of 14 different clubs and two communities in the Federal

Capital Territory, Abuja as token support in the wake of the novel

coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world presently.


The clubs, spread across Nigeria National League, Nigerian Nationwide

League One and FCT League (academies) cadres, included Supreme Court FC,

EFCC FC, Abuja Female United, FOSLA FC, Bimo Sporting Club, Wazobia FC,

Setraco FC, Goodland FC, Fire Service FC, NYSC FC, FWC Champion Club, Abees

Academy, Casmat Academy and WACO Academy. Garki Village and Karamajiji

communities also benefitted from the package.


At the presentation of packed items such as rice, beans, Indomie noodles,

groundnut oil and tin tomatoes at the football body’s headquarters inside

the MKO Abiola National Stadium, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi

clarified that the palliatives were the initiatives of the NFF as its own

relief to a number of stakeholder-clubs and not procured from the $500,000

that world body, FIFA has promised to send to each of its Member



“This package is the initiative of the NFF to, in its little way, support

some stakeholder-clubs and communities within the FCT as a result of the

COVID-19. This did not come from the money that FIFA is sending to NFF and

its Member Associations. When that money comes, it will come with clear

instructions on how it should be spent, though we have already got the hint

that it will be principally on operations of the Federation.


“We want to praise the Federal Government for the excellent job it has been

doing to test, detect, isolate and treat those found to have the virus

since this pandemic started months ago. Our appreciation also goes to the

Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. We

also commend all the first responders and those on the frontline. These are

indeed difficult times but we pray and are assured that Almighty God will

take us safely through this challenging period,” Dr Sanusi said.


He also appealed to representatives of the clubs, media representatives,

NFF staff and other stakeholders present to continue to adhere to the

precautionary measures as rolled out by the Federal Ministry of Health, the

World Health Organization and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in

order to avoid unsavoury experience of contacting the virus.


“Please always endeavour to wash your hands regularly with soap and water,

use hand sanitisers generously, make wearing of face masks a habit and keep

social distancing.”


NFF 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko and Dr. Sanusi made the



Earlier in the week, the NFF gave out face masks, latex hand gloves and

sanitizers to some communities in Kano State. On Monday, the nation’s

football –governing body will distribute more face masks, latex gloves and

sanitizers in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.


*PHOTO 1: NFF GS, Dr. Sanusi with the items at the point of distribution on



*PHOTO 2: NFF official, Daniel Musa, with the items handed to the

Karamajiji community in Abuja. *


Dare, Fresh, Oke, SWAN, others mourn Chidi Okenwa


Youth and Sports Development Minister, Hon. Sunday Dare on Thursday mourned

the “painful demise” of Member of the NFF Executive Committee and Chairman

of the Nigeria National League, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa. Okenwa, who was also

Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association, died on Tuesday morning

at his home in Enugu after battling leukemia for some months.


“On behalf of the Government and sports-loving Nigerians, we express

deepest condolences and sympathize with the family of the late football

administrator of rare qualities. Our prayers and feelings are with his

immediate family, the Enugu FA, the football family and all sports lovers

in the country,” Dare said in the statement signed by the permanent

secretary in the ministry, Mr. Gabriel Aduda.


On his part, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee,

Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh lamented that he was yet to get over the demise of

the charismatic Okenwa, who was his deputy in the committee.


“We lost a very active member, a friend of the football family, a

technocrat of the highest order, who not only knew the laws of the game but

rose stoically to defend the Statutes at all times, calling the attention

of the Board and the Congress to the Statutes to defend his assertions when



“We lost a good man and I lost a friend and confidant,” Fresh said.


Former Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Barrister Yomi Oke

said: “With a heavy heart, I commiserate with you and the football

community on the passing of Chidi Ofo Okenwa. He was passionate about

football particularly the development of Nigeria football, was very

committed and dedicated. He was a brother, friend and administrator. May

the Almighty grant his family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.”


The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), in a message signed by

its president, Mr. Honour Sirawoo, revealed that the late administrator was

a true friend who identified with the body and attended its programmes.


“As a member of the Executive Committee of NFF, Okenwa was a stabilizer who

at all times promoted peace. He was an incubator of ideas which perhaps saw

his enviable rise in football administration. The NFF President, Amaju

Pinnick was apt when he described his late colleague as ‘brilliant, humble,

eloquent and one man that was full of ideas’. We condole with his immediate

family and assure them that the association will continue to identify with

them despite the passing of their patriarch.”