Players Newly promoted Nigerian Women Premier league side Pelican Queens of Calabar took to the street to express their feelings towards their unpaid salaries.
Despite the rule laid down by the federal government that the country should lock down, the players with placards gently visited the government house on Monday to express their feelings towards the government attitude.
It is disheartening to know that in this time and age that the Cross River State Government (CRSG) through its Football Association and Sports Commission has been owing the salaries and bonuses of the players and backroom staff of the Nigerian Women Premier League (NWPL) club, Pelican Queens of Calabar dated as far back as June 2019.
Last week, the players earlier visited the same government house but after hours of sitting down under the scorching sun, waiting and hoping to see the Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Ben Ayade but were disappointed when the Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Offa Aya welcomed the girls by telling them that the Governor is not available and that they should go home as the matter will be addressed.
A player of the team who pleaded anonymous said that the former Commissioner of Sports in the state was never concerned about the welfare of the team and that the new commissioner (Hon. Aya) who was sworn in by November 2019 was not aware of the backlog of the owed salaries and bonuses.
The players of the team refuted the plead of Hon. Aya and insisted that they will sit outside the Government house and await for the arrival of Governor Ayade.
By exactly, 2:41PM, tired but not giving up, the players of Pelicans Queens of Calabar in solidarity left to the anguish of many.
Despite the none payment of salary, the team qualified for the premiership after emerging champions in the championship category last season.
The former league champions will look forward to having an hitch free competition at the premiership level.
By: Hanifat Mustapha