Lagos – Boxing coaches in Lagos State said on Wednesday that they had shelved their proposed protest over unpaid allowances.
The coaches’ Spokesman, Daniel Adekunle-Fasiso, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the protest was shelved because of the intervention by Mr Olawale Edun.
Edun is a former Commissioner of Finance in Lagos State and the Chairman, Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame promotes the monthly Lagos Boxing Show, organised by the Lagos State Boxing Association on every last Saturday of the month.
Adekunle-Fasiso claimed in Lagos that the protest was to compel the organisers of the monthly boxing competition to pay their due allowances after the last edition of the tournament.
He alleged that the coaches were short-changed after the Governor’s Belt competition on Dec. 26 last year.
Adekunle-Fasiso said the coaches who groomed boxers for the popular boxing show were given only N25, 000 to share after the competition.
“We know that the state and Edun, who is the symbol of the competition, could not have given us that paltry sum.
“It is the plan of a few corrupt officers in the administrative chain to short-change us.
“If not for Edun who got wind of the protest and arranged to meet with the coaches for a peace talk, the protest would have commenced,” the coach said.
He added that the amount was far below the expectation of the coaches who rejected the money.
However, Ewa Henshaw, the Secretary, Adopt-A-Talent Programme of the Lagos State Grassroots Sports Development, told NAN that the allegation was unfounded.
Henshaw said the coaches had no specific amount to be paid to them during such competitions.
He advised the coaches to always be objective and ensure they put in their best in the service of the state and the nation at large. (NAN)