Former Rivers State Hockey chief goes to anti-corruption body


By Peter Abaje
The former chairman of the Rivers State Hockey Association, Arthur Jumbo has told that he is going the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC over a case of misappropriation of funds.
Jumbo stepped down as chairman of the Hockey Association two days ago after money was allegedly shared among some principal staff of the Rivers State sports ministry.
He stressed that the ICPC became an option because the persons involved squandered the money (refunds) meant for him and the team, knowing he will not “play ball” with them after spending his personal resources to camp the athletes (male & female hockey team) at the University of Port Harcourt as well logistics to and from Abuja and daily allowance for the athletes in the competition proper.
“This matter will not end until the ICPC get to the wade in and ensure the right things are done,” Jumbo said.
“You can imagine the kind of administrators we have. Rather than refund whatever I spent in camping the athletes and participation at the Super League in Abuja they decided to hand the money over to my secretary and others to share because they knew I will not play ball with them.”
Jumbo wondered why they were interested in sharing money that was made possible only after his telephone conversation with the Rivers State governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike who said he did not see any file on his table related to hockey from the Sports Ministry.
“It took my conversation with the governor for sports ministry officials to take the file to Government House for approval after the competition had started.
“Just imagine these people. They didn’t do anything about our file until after my telephone chat with the governor; meanwhile our proposal and budget was summited before the dissolution of the state exco.
“Now they were so much in a hurry to share the money when it was finally approved without my knowledge. Is that how to do things? No!  They will face the music,” Jumbo said
The former National team hockey player added that his passion for the Sport made him import hockey sticks from Dubai and what he got in return were acts inimical to betrayal and corruption.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State sports ministry, Michael Nnodim told via telephone that he had no idea what the brouhaha was about.
“I have not yet been briefed on the latest developments in the Hockey Association. I am hearing this for the first time. Nobody has told me anything,” Nnodim said.

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