Thursday, June 16, 2016

‘We owe Amodu N8million not N25million’ – Edo State

The Edo state government has debunked claims that it was owing the late Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Amodu Shaibu N25million, saying the amount he’s being owed was only N8million.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Peter Okhiria, it said:

“Let us state from the onset that his death is a huge loss to Edo State and Nigeria. We are certain that no one can fill the void of the shoes left behind by Coach Shaibu. He was not just a proud Edo son but also a perfect gentleman, community leader among other callings..Continue.............

“This is why he was invited to work with our young footballers after he was unceremoniously relieved of his appointment as Coach having qualified Nigeria for the World Cup. We remain deeply pained by his very sudden and untimely death.

“Amodu Shaibu was placed on a monthly salary of N2 million, which is hundred per cent better than what he was earning as Coach of the National Football team, and also making him the highest paid official of the Edo State Government. “The said fixed-term contract was however not renewed on expiration based on the dwindling revenues and the necessary cuts in government spending.

“However, on Wednesday, 8th June 2016, two days before his unfortunate death, the late Shaibu submitted a letter to the Secretary to Edo State Government, dated same day, claiming unpaid salaries for four months, totaling N8 million only.

“Although the late Shaibu’s contract had long expired even before his ‘Resignation Letter’ which ‘took effect’ from September 30, 2015, and even though Edo State Government did not owe him unpaid wages as the contract was not renewed, the State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, however, approved his claim for N8 million, purely on compassionate grounds. It is therefore totally false and misleading that the State Government owed the late Amodu Shaibu the sum of N25 million.

“We, therefore, make bold to state that the contents of a letter in circulation, purportedly written by the late Shaibu Amodu, is patently false.

“It is unfortunate and sad that while Edolites and Nigerians are still mourning this great icon, mischief makers have gone to town to reap from his death by crying more than the bereaved. Even in death, Amodu Shaibu has our respect, commendation and solidarity”.

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