By Peter Duru, Makurdi
Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi has budgeted over N400million as financial estimates to prosecute the 2009/2010 Premier League Season.
This hint was dropped in Makurdi by the Vice Chairman of the Club; Mr. Dominic Iorfa while fielding questions from newsmen at the end of a closed door meeting between the government and club management led by the Deputy Governor of the state Chief Steven Lawani on one hand and players of the club on the other.
Iorfa noted that the estimate which is yet to get the nod of the state government would greatly enhance the clubâ€™s chances of emerging tops at the end of the current league season.
He informed that if approved the said amount would also assist the club off set some of its pending financial liabilities and obligations to the players and club officials.
The Nigeria Football Federation NFF, Board member who regretted that the poor state of governmentâ€™s finances has led to the pile of unpaid salaries, allowances and sign-on fees of players of the club in the last two years however disclosed that government has set a process in motion to offset the backlog of unpaid entitlements.
He disclosed that the meeting which was prompted by players agitation for improved welfare package from government resolved that all arrears owed the players would be paid from next week and staggered through the end of next month.
According to Iorfa, â€œthe players have been assured by the government that they have no reasons to get restive as government had already put a process in motion to offset whatever is being owed each and everyone of them from the early next weekâ€.
He attributed the recent poor form of the club and unimpressive showing in the league to the lack of motivation but assuring that with the renewed assurances Lobi would bounce back to the top of the league table.
The former Super Eagles forward urged his players to reciprocate the governmentâ€™s gesture by re-enacting the act that saw them toping the league and carting the FA Cup some years back.