Members of the Home of Representatives on Thursday condemned the “unsavoury therapy” meted to the Tremendous Falcons by the Minister of Youths and Sports activities, Mr. Solomon Dalong, and the Nigerian Soccer Federation by failing to pay their match bonuses and allowances.
The feminine nationwide soccer group had gained the 10th version of the African Ladies championship simply concluded in Cameroon.
Nevertheless, the ladies weren’t paid their allowances, a growth which compelled them to resort to avenue protests in Abuja for about two weeks.
The group additionally refused to vacate their resort, insisting that they’d not go away till that they had been paid.
Solely on Wednesday, that they had stormed the Presidential Villa and the Nationwide Meeting to protest.
The Presidency had reacted instantly by summoning Dalong and the management of the NFF to a gathering on Thursday.
It additionally directed them to settle the allowances of the gamers with out additional delay.
At its sitting on Thursday, the Home condemned Dalong and the NFF, saying that their actions introduced disgrace upon Nigeria.
A former Deputy Chairman, Home Committee on Sports activities, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, had sponsored a movement on the burning subject.
Describing the ladies as “patriotic”, she mentioned they answered the nationwide name with the idea that they’d be paid after the championship, however had been upset.
Omidiran, who’s from Osun State, spoke extra, “For the previous two weeks, the house has been stuffed with the cries of those women.
“Has it turn out to be a criminal offense to make your nation proud? What makes it extra painful is the truth that the Cameroonian women, who got here second, had been celebrated by their President (Paul Biya).
“These women will not be asking for something extraordinary, however the allowances owed them from the qualifiers until they gained the trophy.
“What would have occurred if the ladies had refused to go away Cameroon and perform the protests on the streets of that nation?.”
One other member from Edo State, Mr. Sergius Ose-Ogun, famous that there was one thing unsuitable with the Nigerian perspective to issues.
Ose-Ogun added that in nearly each side of nationwide life, an “evil spirit” appeared to be advising folks to do the unsuitable factor.
“It’s not solely in sports activities, Mr. Speaker. Even within the civil service, staff retire after 35 years and they don’t seem to be paid their dues.
“Why did they must topic these women to a lot ache?
“There may be an evil spirit on this nation, which should die”, he mentioned.
The Deputy Home Minority Chief, Mr. Chukwuka Onyeama, informed the Home that Nigeria would have been saved from the shame by merely declining to take part within the championship.
“This can be a main shame and I don’t know the way to clarify it”, Onyeama noticed.
As the controversy progressed, a member from Borno State, Mr. Mohammed Nur-Sheriff, revealed that there was extra rot within the sports activities ministry than Nigerians knew.
He cited the case of the multi-billion naira sports activities velodrome constructed for the eighth All Africa Video games hosted in Abuja in 2003.
Nur-Sheriff alleged that the edifice had lengthy been transformed to a warehouse by the sports activities ministry.
He knowledgeable members that no sporting actions came about within the velodrome any extra.
“The velodrome has been transformed to a warehouse by the sports activities ministry.
“The ministry now shops gasoline cylinders contained in the velodrome.
“This facility is the largest of its form in Africa. Even the one in South Africa just isn’t as large as what we now have in Abuja.
“However, go there as we speak, you can be alarmed. It’s now a warehouse,” he added.
The Home directed that the allowances of the ladies must be paid instantly.
It additionally requested the Committee on Sports activities to watch compliance and report again to members inside 4 weeks.