By Ben Efe
Officiating officials at the just concluded National Sports Festival had no kind words for the Local Organising Committee when they left Lagos last Monday for their respective States. They accused the LOC of shortchanging them in the payment of their entitlements.
The National Sports Festival came to a fitting close last Sunday with Delta winning the most medals and Lagos State officials awarding themselves a pass mark for a job well done, but the officials who conducted all the sports events in the fiesta expressed bitterness how they were treated compared to the 17th National Sports Festival hosted by Rivers State.
“We weren’t happy with what they gave to us. It was not what we expected. I’m not even talking about myself but those who came from outside Lagos,” said former Africa hurdles champion, Henry Amike who officiated in track and field.
It was gathered that at the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt the visiting officials received as much as N250,000 and local officials got N80,000 for ten days of work. But in Lagos the visiting officials were paid N90, 000 while the local officials got N75, 000.
“We expected that there should have been an increase, but look at the wide margin between the two payments.
“They did not tell us at the start what we were entailed to. Otherwise we would have downed tools,” said Armelia Edet former Athletics Federation of Nigeria head coach.