FROM ROMANUS UGWU, ABUJA
Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has raised the alarm over the cost of running football in Nigeria, admitting that it has been financially draining and involving bankrolling Bendel Insurance FC of Benin.
Answering questions from Daily Sunsports when he paid a courtesy visit to the management of the medium in Abuja, the Edo State governor noted that though he loves football with a passion, he was shocked to discover that the round leader game in Nigeria is money gulping.
Asked why Bendel Insurance FC of Benin has continued to live in past glory under his regime, he replied: “To be honest, I love and like football and I have a lot of hopes as to what we can do for Bendel Insurance but I soon find that round leader thing in Nigeria is money gulping.
“We spent some money in fixing the Ogbemudia Stadium to make it attractive and provided some sporting facilities but the kind of resources that the club expects from government is not sustainable. I think the drop in funding partially affected their performance,” he noted.
Bringing a message of hope to the fans of the club, the Edo State first citizen said: “However, we have gone back to the drawing board and reviewed the system now, putting the players on government payroll. What it means is that we have moved away from the era of the players complaining about non-payment of salaries and allowances for three to four months resulting in protest.
“They are now paid every month. They may encounter any other problem, but not non-payment of their salaries. I am hopeful that with this new approach, all other things being equal, the club should be on its way back,” he assured.
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