Lobi Stars FC Repositioning: Committee Uncovers Fake Appointment Letters

Lobi Stars FC Repositioning: Committee Uncovers Fake Appointment Letters

By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

To set straight records following protest which resulted to blackmail and allegations of mismanagement of funds by the Dominic Iorfa led management of Lobi Stars, at a time which many lovers of the club are praising the management for pulling the club out of relegation, the club has embarked on a screening exercise to ascertain its staff strength.

Interacting with sports writers at the end of the exercise held at the VIP stand of Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi, chairman of the screening committee and secretary of the club, Mr Terhemen Sarwuan, assisted by director media of the club, Mr Emmanuel Uja, revealed that the committee uncovered fake appointment letters, while others presented such letters as A/E accounts, storekeepers, maintenance officers, and Carpenters whose positions he said had nothing to do with football and were seeing for the first time.

According to the secretary, what necessitated the screening was to verify claims of some people who have decided to blackmail the present management through misinforming members of the general public using protest to seek sympathy that they are staff of the club and have not been paid.

“We have during the process actually attended to 45 persons and so far, out of the number some have presented forged documents, with some having no letters of appointments while some brought letters bearing the same reference numbers, a group of 20 names just typed on a plain sheet and one other bringing a letter bearing another person’s name.

“This screening, we have called all the staff including those who were aggrieved as well as those that were laid off initially, to come for verification”, pointing out that the essence is to pay those who were laid off their one month March salary and another one month salary in lieu of notice to fulfill the rules governing football.

The secretary who said Lobi Stars under a normal situation should boost of 16 staff in its kitty to include seven coaches for the main team, four for the under fifteen, a nurse, doctor and three media officers, maintained that the screening will expose to the public valid number of staff on the payroll of the club who will be issued identity cards, expressing optimism that the development would stamp out unnecessary protest to expose those pretending to be staff of the club.

He assured supporters of the club that everything is being done to reposition the club for better performance ahead of the next football season and called for continued support.


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