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Sports council to pay salary arrears of FCT Queens FC

06 July 2012, 09:01

 The FCT Sports Council on Thursday said it had concluded arrangements to clear the backlog of salaries and allowances of the FCT Queens FC.

The FCT Director of Sports, Alim Musa said in Abuja that the recent protest by the girls over unpaid wages was uncalled for.

Musa said it was the 2011 salaries that were in contention.

``As I talk to you, their money is being processed but they should be patient.

``The accounting processes were being followed and the captain of the team (Oluchi Ezeji) was taken to the accounts to confirm it herself.

The director of sports said that the players had received their salaries up to April 2011 but promised that the outstanding balance would be paid by next week.

He, however, expressed regret over the delay in the payment, adding that bureaucracy was responsible for the problem.

``It took time for the budget to be approved around May and money has to be provided before you can disburse,” Musa said.

Musa said that about N10 million was approved by the FCT administration to pay the backlog of salaries for 2010.

``The players are making claims for 2007, 2008 and 2009 sign-on fees and we don’t have any record for that.

``We have asked them to produce evidence of that to back their claims but they don’t have and we don’t have it too.

``The fact was that the club was not under us as at these periods. It was with the Women Commission of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).   

``There is a provision in the NFA statutes that players must agree with the club management on salary and wages as well as sign-on fees before payment is made.

``This must also be backed by documented evidence by both parties.''

Musa said that the players had the right to protest over unpaid salaries but that it was an affront on their employer

(FCTA).  He said that government would not waste time to disband the squad if need be to instil discipline in the team.

Meanwhile, Manager of the team and member of the NFA board, Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedimma said that the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed had approved payment of the monies.

She wondered why the players should embark on protest even when they were fed three times daily.



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