A non-governmental organization called Association of Nigerian Women in Sports (NWAIS) has appealed to the Governor of Cross River State, Professor Benedict Ayade to pay the salaries owed Nigerian Women Football league side Pelicans stars.
A statement issued by the National President NAWIS, Professor Florence Adeyanju said the payment of salaries will help “alleviate the sufferings” of the young and promising female players.
It will be recalled that in April, the players and some officials of the club took to the streets in protest over their unpaid 10 months’ salary.
The players blocked the entrance to the Cross River State Governor’s office chanting songs like, “Ayade must pay.”
They also carried placards with inscriptions that read, “Please our digital governor come to our aid, due to hunger; one of our players is hospitalized; we are bread winners of our families.”
Adeyanju who is a Professor of Human Kinetics revealed that NAWIS has taken it upon itself to intervene and appeal on behalf of the girls because they care about the welfare of female athletes in the country.
She added that NAWIS is committed to the empowerment of women in sports, fighting for their rights and making life comfortable for them through all legitimate means.
“With due respect and humility, Association of Nigerian Women in Sports (NAWIS) a non-Governmental Organisation comprising of women who are into sports in various spheres and the body approved by the Federal Ministry of Sports Development to represent the interest of women on the Boards of National Sports Federations, wish to acknowledge your good deeds as a seasoned virologist, fatherly role and humanitarian gesture”.
“As a very caring father, we appeal to you to kindly intervene in the situation of our dear sisters and daughters of Pelican Stars Football Club Calabar who have not been paid their salaries since August, 2019.
“Sir, we appeal to you to approve the payment of their outstanding salaries so as to alleviate their suffering,” the statement said.
“We are grateful for the time taken in reading our appeal while we await with great hope your qucik positive resolution to this painful issue” she concluded
With this and more, the all time league champions look forward to seeing a positive results from the state government soon as the good response might lead to a successful outing in the league next season.