Aftermath of African Games: Reps demand immediate payment of Nigerian athletes

The Chairman House Committee on Sports Hon. Ekene Adams has expressed disappointment over the delay in the payment of allowances of Team Nigeria athletes at the recently concluded Africa Games in Ghana.

Nigeria finished second at the Games behind Egypt surpassing her previous record with a total of 47 Gold, 33 silver and 40 bronze medals.

According to the lawmaker representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal constituency, “it is very sad that many of these athletes that made us proud in Ghana have not been paid their due allowances and bonuses.

“I am very shocked that up till now some of these athletes have not gotten their money days after the conclusion of the Africa Games.

“For me it is even more worrisome that these athletes did not get their money before the Easter celebration and I think we should be finding ways to motivate the athletes more so that they can even do more at the Olympic Games in Paris.

“How do we want their family members to feel knowing that they couldn’t enjoy the Easter and I think this is the kind of things we need to get right in terms of Athletes’ welfare,” he said.

Hon. Ekene who is also a seasoned Sports administrator however pleaded with the Ministry of Sports Development to swiftly do the needful so that “this delay in the Athletes payment will not linger to the upcoming Salah break.”

He further said, “No Sports should be more prioritised than others and these athletes that did the country proud in Ghana deserve at least their money even if they couldn’t get a Presidential handshake.

“I am using this medium further appeal to the Minister to ensure every payment due to the athletes is sorted as soon as possible because I am aware some of them were only given allowances in Nigeria before they departed for the Games.”