Dalung says Sports Ministry committed to athletes’ welfare

Dalung says Sports Ministry committed to athletes’ welfare

Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youths and Sports, on Friday in Abuja reiterated the ministry’s commitment to the welfare of athletes, especially the female ones.

Dalung said the ministry had been doing this in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

He said the Federation has really been trying hard to settle all outstanding bonuses, allowances and salaries of all players and coaches.

“For example, the NFF has tried to pay part of the bonuses and allowances owed to the Super Falcons and we hope to complete the payment as soon as there is money.

“What will happen is that immediately the monies are released, we will immediately hand over to them.

“But the problem we usually have is that after the event, the administrators feel there is no more stake so they will not be committed to paying the money.

“However, this will not be the case this time because President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a release supporting the Super Falcons to victory and will ensure that all monies owed them are paid.

“So, I am assuring them (the Falcons’ players) that whatever is due to them, once it is released, will be appropriately monitored so that it goes directly to them.

“We have a standing policy that players and athletes must be paid directly and not through the Federation or anybody.

“So, everybody will collect their bonuses or allowances directly to avoid all complaints of not being paid,” the minister said.

While noting that the NFF had improved in performance in the payment of salaries and allowance, he however said the Federation still needed to consolidate on it.

“I think the NFF has improved in their approach to the welfare of players and coaches.

“Few days ago the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, came to brief me on their intention to use one of the intervention funds to complete the payment of salaries and bonuses of coaches.

“I think there is an improvement. But all they need to do is to consolidate on it so that we don’t give the gap of not paying,’’ Dalung said.

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