N1.2 million spent on Facebook account by Nigerian Sports Commision

The Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Patrick Ekeji will be facing the House of Representatives over the Commission’s spending, including the allocation of N1.2 million for a Facebook account.

Investigation made on request of the  House of Representatives over allegations of financial misappropriation and abuse of office. Other spending include N3.7 billion that was advanced to the Commission for the 10th All Africa Games held in Maputo in 2011, N182, 124,179,000.00 on the rehabilitation the National Stadium in Lagos, and another N117,875,820.95 on the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (Liberty Stadium) Ibadan.

Perhaps the most recent is the sum of N350,000,000.00 from the yet to be approved 2012 Budget for the London 2012 Olympic Game, which Ekeji claimed to have received a warrant of approval from President Goodluck Jonathan.

Although the corrupt ways of such officials is no breaking news, it is quite surprising that N1.2 million will be spent on Facebook account which by the way currently has only about 5000 fans. This raises a lot of questions though, some including:

  • What was the N1.2 million meant for? Managing the account for 4 years?
  • Who or what company received this money, or was it an internal expense?
  • Was the NSC scammed, out of ignorance and lack of understanding of social media?
  • [insert your own question here]?