The House of Representatives on Tuesday urged Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to immediately pay entitlements due to late former Super Eagles’ coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu. The house mandated its Committee on Sports to liaise with the NFF to ensure that the payments were made without delay.
Former Super Eagles coach, late Amodu Shuaibu is being owed N25 million in salaries and allowances by the government of Edo State before his death last weekend. The last letter written by the late Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), dated October 2015 and addressed to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, revealed that he, his team of seven assistants and four supporting staff were owed N25 million.
Shaibu, who until September 2015, was a consultant/technical adviser on Edo State Football Development Programme, in his letter to the Edo state governor said the amount being owed him included N6 million for outstanding sign-on-fees for 2013/2014 for consultant/technical adviser, N3 million for house rent for two years (2012-2014) at N1.5 million per year. While the balance of N16 million represented payment for coaches and other supporting staff for the period of August 2014 – July 2015.
Part of the letter reads:
“Sir, I have made several efforts through telephone calls and text messages to you to enable me sort out any issues that may have been misconstrued, but to no avail. I also tried to reach you through your close subordinates, but got no response.
“The only option was to relinquish my appointment and walk away as I have always done in offices where I experienced similar treatment in the past. But this will amount to disrespect to your office and disregard to your care for me and my family when we most needed it,”
Cousin to the late soccer tactician, Nkuri Afegbua, who granted interview to journalists at the Stella Obasanjo hospital mortuary where the remains of the late coach were kept before being moved to his home town of Okpella, for burial, said Amodu was being owed by both the Edo and Federal Governments and that he was in Benin over money owed him by the Edo State government.
Chief Press Secretary to Edo Governor, Peter Okhiria, who reacted to this yesterday, acknowledged that late Amodu submitted a memo for claims to the office of the Secretary to the State Government but noted that it was not up to N25 million. He insisted:
“The memo was being attended to before he died. I don’t know the exact amount but it’s not up to N25 million.’’
What the value of money to a dead man? Why didn’t the House of Representative give this directive before his death? What about the coaches who are still alive and are owed? Will it be upon their death that their ‘entitlements’ will be paid? Is this directive from the Lower House not government interference in football?
So many questions begging to be answered.