Win World Cup get $24m, Pinnick tells Eagles

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…As Fed Govt approves N6bn for information, landing systems for four airports***

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said that the Super Eagles players stand the chance of pocketing 24 million dollars if they play in the final of the 2018 World Cup.

Russia World Cup will hold from June 14 to July 15 in Russia.

Pinnick told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday during a parley that the money was part of the agreement reached with the players to share 50-50, whatever would accrue to the country if they get to the final and lift the trophy.

“I don’t put players under pressure. Pressure can be put on them unconsciously because we are creating enabling environment for them.

“If for example we don’t have money to prepare them, they can now relax but now, we have given them everything upfront and they should deliver.

“If today they get to the final, the World Cup money will be shared 50-50 between the team and the NFF.

“Winning the final is 48 million dollars, it means the team will get 24 million dollars and the football house will take the remaining 24 million dollars,” Pinnick said.

He also said that the adequate preparation including grade A friendly matches have been secured with England and Czech Republic to ensure the team do well at the World Cup.

The NFF boss further said that glass house had already secured 2.8 million dollars to pay the players allowances and bonuses during the mundial.

“We are ready to play against England on June 2 in London in an international friendly. We had a conclusive meeting with the England FA.

“After the England match, we will play Czech Republic and from there we move to Russia. As it is everything is going on very well.

“For the world cup, I don’t think we have any problem, I am in touch with the technical committee. It is the desire of every Nigerian to see the Super Eagles do well at the World Cup.

“We had a meeting with the team, we signed a contract with them and ready to pay them 20 per cent of eight million dollars which is what is accrued to us for the World Cup.

“At the end of the day it amounts to 2.8million dollars which will go to the players. The money is almost 100 per cent ready,” Pinnick added.

Pinnick also explained that the football house met with some state governors who were ready to assist the NFF financially to achieve the country’s World Cup dream.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support for the NFF and the Super Eagles, and assured that they would not let him down in Russia.

Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved contracts totalling N6bn for four different airports in the country.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on an official visit to the United Kingdom.

Sirika explained that N2.588bn was approved for aeronautical information system that would give accurate information, including weather information, to pilots and other aviators.

He also said the council approved N1.188bn to upgrade the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to Category III status.

The minister added that the contract would include the provision of Instrument Landing System for aircraft operations in harsh weather conditions.

He stated that N1.175bn was approved to upgrade the Akure and Benin airports to Category II status.

“The contracts have completion period of 20 weeks,” he said.

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Shauri, said the council also approved N33bn for the construction of the Bida-Lapai-Lambata road in Niger State, which he described as an important road linking the South-West to the northern part of the country.

“The road is about 123.9 kilometres. It costs N33bn. It is the second road that connects the South-West to the North,” the minister explained.

He also said the council approved N224m for the extension of consultancy service for the 215MW power plant in Kudendan, Kaduna State.

The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Habiba Lawal, said the SGF office presented a report on projects implemented since May 2015 to December 2017 to the council.

She stated that a total of 94 projects were undertaken by the agencies under the office during the period under review.

She listed the agencies to include the Ecological Fund Office, Cabinet Affairs Office, Federal Road Safety Commission, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, National Pensions Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the National Population Commission.

Out of the 94 projects, Lawal said 30 were brought to FEC for approval, while the remaining were done at the ministerial threshold.

“Sixteen of the 30 projects approved by FEC have been completed 100 per cent; eight of the projects are between 70 per cent and 90 per cent completion, while about four of the projects are between 40 per cent and 50 per cent,” she added.

Lawal explained that 55 out of the 64 projects taken at the ministerial threshold had been completed, while the remaining nine were ongoing

Nation with additional report from Citizen