The news that Akwa Ibom state athletes to the 19th National Sports Festival in Abuja have been revolting due to non-payment of camp allowances has been debunked by the Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom state governor, Etubong Paul Bassey.
Some athletes who spoke exclusively to a radio station in Uyo last week complained of poor feeding, accommodation and transportation logistics. Furthermore, some athletes (speaking on anonymity) this morning raised alarm over the non-payment of their camp allowances.
The athletes were quoted to have said on the radio programme: “We’ve been told that N4,500 is what have been released to pay the state’s athletes, of which N2500 is the camping fee in Uyo (at the rate of N500 daily) which we are yet to receive. We’ve also been told that our daily camp allowance is N1,000 which we are yet to receive,” the athlete lamented on the programme.
“We have revolted that if we compete here to the end, we won’t get anything since nothing have been said from the onset. We are revolting now so that these things will be revisited by the commissioner or ministry or even the governor himself”, he further added.
“Now we seek our right that proper remunerations should be made so that we know where our stand is”.
Reacting to the report, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports, Elder Paul Bassey expressed displeasure at the report.
“Nobody promised the athletes N4,500 daily camp allowance. What I’m aware of is a N1,000 daily camp allowance for every athlete.
I came back from Abuja yesterday to ensure that monies are sent to them today which have been done”.
On feeding and accommodation, Paul Bassey attributed the challenges faced by the athletes as a general problem.
“We paid for feeding and accommodation. So the athletes are living on the central feeding and accommodation as provided by the organisers which have been paid for by the state government.
So there’s no issue of any sort. Any athlete who says 4500 naira daily camp allowance was promised him or her should go and meet whoever made such promise”.
Meanwhile, Akwaibom state received a Special Honours Award at the ongoing National Sports Festival for promotion of the game of football and support for the Super Eagles of Nigeria as regards their qualification for the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA.
Paul Bassey received the award on behalf of the state in Abuja.