Abuja - Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
has approved the payment of N300 million to clear arrears for special athletes.
These have been reportedly owed for eight months,
resulting in a peaceful protest.
The Governor made the disclosure through Chief of Staff
of Government House, Emeka Woke, in Port Harcourt.
He assured the athletes the money would soon be paid into
their respective bank accounts.
“I am a sports-loving Governor and I also believe that a
labourer is worth of his wages. I have approved 100 percent payment of your
salaries," Wike said.
"I am sure you are aware that it is not my
administration that owed you this money,” he added shifting the blame to the
administration of his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi.
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The Governor emphasized that his administration had paid
other allowances and sponsored other sporting activities since his
administration came to power in May.
He reminded the athletes that he facilitated the playing
of all national and international football matches in Port Harcourt because
there was peace and the need to attract investors.
Representative of the athletes, Peregba Martins, said the
group were happy with the assurances of the Governor and promised to
reciprocate the gesture by getting his team to win many medals in the upcoming
It is scheduled for Calabar either in December
2015 or March 2016.
- CAJ News