Wike assures protesting athletes of payment

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – 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.

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 Sports Festival.

It is scheduled for Calabar either in December 2015 or March 2016.

CAJ News

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