Players of Nigerian Women Premier league side Bayelsa Queens took to the street of Bayelsa State to demand for their dues.
The restoration ladies on Tuesday barricaded the Bayelsa State Treasury House over unfulfilled rewards by the State Government for winning the 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Football League after twelve years.
It can be recalled that the state Governor Seriake Dickson pledged to reward the victorious girls with the sum of twenty-two million naira and a coastal bus after winning the league for the state for the first time in years on January 28, 2019.
The Protest which started from Kpanisa to the Treasury House saw Bayelsa Queens players carrying placards with different inscriptions “You Promised us bus but na Keke we dey use go training”, “Will you allow your girl child like this?”, “Commissioner of Finance pay the 22 million Naira the governor approved”, “Pay us our money the way you paid the festival team”, “Pay our 22 million today” as they prevented staff of the treasury from gaining access to their offices.
One of the players, Tessy Biahwo said the reason behind the protest was to remind the government about the unfulfilled promises despite the huge sacrifices they made for the State and urge them to fulfil it.
“We are here for the Money the Governor promised us when we won the league in 2019. We couldn’t visit our family members during the festive period due to lack of fund. We are too broke, so they should help us. We worked for it. It’s our only means of surviving. Our families are crying too for siblings school fees, etc. So please, the government should do the needful at the right time”.
Another player who would not like her name mentioned, regretted that the Restoration government was yet to fulfill the promises made to the athletes which prompted the protest. Adding that without the money they would boycott the 2019/2020 season.
“This is the second year and they have still not fulfilled their promises. Some of Our opponents in the league are well treated. Take Edo Queens for example, despite not winning a trophy they still got a well conditioned bus and other amenities for their welfare. But we that won a trophy are not being provided with anything despite our efforts. They shouldn’t expect anything from us next season if they don’t respond positively”.
Reports reviled that there was no government official present to address the players as at the time of protest.
Bayelsa Queens defeated Nassarawa Amazons by two goals to nothing to emerge the winner of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four playoffs at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on January 27, 2019.
By: Hanifat Mustapha