The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr Solomon Dalung has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to turn their searchlights on the country’s sports sector.
Dalung made the call Tuesday before unveiling the National anti-corruption marathon, Abuja 2018, Daily Trust writes.
“All corrupt cases affecting sports must be investigated,” he said. “Descend on corrupt people in sports. When you return to your office, look at the files of corrupt persons and bring them to the front burner.
“We have the issue of match fixing, allocation of medals, doping among others. Athletes are being denied their entitlements by officials,” he lamented.
Stating that corruption went beyond financial misdeeds, the minister said the wrong use of power was the biggest corrupt practice in the country.
“Those holding offices are using their powers to shield corrupt people in the country.
“We must fight impunity through constitutionalism. Impunity is crippling our national life and the worst corruption is impunity,” Dalung stressed.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of EfCC, Ibrahim Magu said the aim of the marathon was to bring together all segments of the society to support the fight against corruption.
Also speaking at the event, the National Coordinator, Jacob Onu said the marathon will hold on November 3, adding that registration is open to all athletes interested in partaking in the race.