By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Cross Rivers’ State Commissioner of information who was the immediate past Commissioner of Sports, Asu Okang has assured Pelican Stars players that Governor Ayade will soon attend to their plea and their salaries will be paid very soon.
“I can assure you that in no time, and any moment from now, the Governor will attend to the issue as we continue to engage with the club. A compassionate Governor in the caliber of Governor Ayade will attend to the plight of Pelican Stars, hence, there is no need for the protest.”
Asu Okang further gave reasons for the delay in the payment of Pelican Stars’ player’s salary for more than 6 months asserting that such a situation didn’t occur during his tenure as Commissioner of Sports as he appealed to the players to remain calm.
“It is unfortunate that this is happening. Governor Ayade as we know is a consistent Governor and a salaried master who is concerned about the welfare of his people which he has not been joking with. The issue around Pelican Stars is that ever since I left as Commissioner of Sports, conventions were running. When I left, there was no Commissioner of Sports on ground, so it took another six months for the Governor to re-assign a new helmsman. Since there was no substantive Commissioner of Sports on ground, this affected the department between June and December 2019.” He opined.
“The new Commissioner of Sports was appointed on December 23, 2019. This means that it will also take some time for the new Commissioner to study the book and understand the workings of football management in the state for both Rovers and Pelican Stars, the two major football clubs sponsored by the State Government.”
“I am sure that this little hitch and lacuna was as a result of the Commissioner not having adequate time to discuss with His Excellency, the Governor. During this same time, when the issue was about to be tabled before the Governor, Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic erupted which shifted the attention of the entire world.” He concluded.
Players from Nigeria’s most successful women’s football club, Pelican Stars of Cross River state, earlier this week protested outside Government house over salaries that they say have not been paid for 10 months.
Three-quarters of Nigerian women’s teams are state-owned and therefore dependent on the state’s government for wages, including Pelican Stars.
Players protests due to unpaid salaries is a recurring decimal as far as club football is concerned in Nigeria. After the protests by players of seven (7) time Nigerian Champions coupled with the response from the Commissioner of information, it is hoped that the plight of players will be looked into as they continue to stay at home during COVID-19 induced break.
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