Siasia had claimed that he was abandoned by Dare and the ministry after his FIFA ban for alleged match-fixing.
John Joshua-Akanji, Special Adviser (Media) to the minister said in a statement in Abuja that contrary to insinuations by Siasia that he was abandoned, the minister actually raised money for him.
He added that the Minister responded positively by taking the matter of his plight to the attention of individuals and organisations to intervene.
“The ministry, through the Minister, was able to raise the money which Siasia personally collected while he was also connected to persons and entities who raised money to assist him in appealing his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
“A couple of individuals, at the instance of the Minister, also raised money which was handed to him in cash,” Joshua-Akanji said.
He said the minister also rallied round to ensure Siasia was given a fair hearing.
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“The Minister stayed on top of the case by pulling all strings to assist Siasia.
“In another instance, the Minister took Siasia on a visit to the then Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, to appeal for support for him.
“Siasia’s claim that government did nothing to assist him is untrue, deceitful, and misleading.
“While there is no budgetary provisions for such incidents, the Ministry and the Office of the Minister gave Siasia all the support that led to the mitigation of his life ban from football-related activities,” Joshua-Akanji added.
He listed these groups as the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other stakeholders.
CAS recently upturned Siasia’s life ban by FIFA to five years, after he filled an appeal at the global sports court.
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