The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has intervened in the issue regarding payments of allowances to athletes that represented Nigeria in international and continental competitions in the last three years, saying athletes will be paid their allowances once it has been confirmed that they are being owed.
The acting president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Olamide George, in his numerous statements claimed that athletes and officials had either been short-paid, underpaid or not paid at all by the suspended president of the AFN, Ibrahim Gusau. Dare on Friday tweeted the ministry would ensure that the bonuses are paid once it is verified that athletes are being owed.
“Acting AFN President, Olamide George, in December 2019 dropped by my office at Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to share plans. The FMYS will partner with them and not any renegade or “autonomous” group. We will partner to ensure athletes are paid their allowances once verified,” the minister wrote on his official Twitter handle.Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola, in August claimed that the Federal Government had paid the allowances of all Nigerian athletes in Rabat, a claim that was immediately debunked by the athletes.