Lokoja - The Kogi Government has increased the salaries of players of Kogi United FC from N20 000 to N50 000 to boost their morale.
The Commissioner for Sports, Anthony Puke, disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday.
He also said that the salaries of the players of the state-owned female football club, Confluence Queens, had similarly been increased to N40 000 per month.
Puke said the new salary was part of the ongoing restructuring of the clubs, adding that it would make them to perform better in their remaining matches of the season and 2014.
The commissioner said that arrangements had been concluded to hire a new coach for Kogi United.
He said that a report on the interview conducted for candidates for the position had been forwarded to Gov. Idris Wada for approval.
He debunked the rumour making the rounds that the N500 000 weekly subvention for the clubs from the state government was being diverted to personal use.
Puke disclosed that local governments in the state had been given up till July ending to conclude their annual Sports Festival to pave way for the state’s festival in September.
He said that scouts had been sent to the council areas to identify talents.
The commissioner said that talents discovered during the sport events would form the bulk of the state’s contingent to the 2014 national sports festival holding in Cross River.
On the newly constructed Olympic-size stadium in Lokoja, Puke said it would be put to use when the contractor completed the electronic scoreboard and other sporting equipment.
He said that the stadium would start hosting big sporting events as soon as the contractor handed it over to the government.