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Assembly recommends investigations into FIFA GOAL project

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By Khadija Jawo

The National Assembly has recommended that a parliamentary investigation be opened into the affairs of the Fifa Goal project being managed by the Gambia Football Federation after the Select Committee on sports reported that they were denied access to the facility by the GFF during their tour of institutions under their purview.

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The recommendations followed a report presented before the assembly by the select committee which described the action by the GFF as a contempt of the assembly.
The GFF at a the time has said that they were not officially informed of the visit by the parliamentarians. The abortive visit came at time when the Ministry of Sports accused the GFF of corruption, alleging that the figures said to have been spent on the renovation of the facilities were ridiculously high. The GFF had said its spendings were above board and certified by Fifa, which funded the project.

However in their recommendations the national assembly deplored the denial of access to its select committee as a contempt of the assembly and recommended that as matter of public concern, a parliamentary investigation must be opened to investigate the circumstances surrounding the FIFA Goal project.
Meanwhile the national assembly also demanded the ministry of Youth and Sports to explain how the sports development funds were collected and used.

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