Abuja – Dilichukwu Onyedimma, Deputy Director (Technical), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sports Council, on Wednesday commended players of the FCT Queens FC for showing maturity over the salary backlog owed them by the FCT Administration.
Mrs Onyedimma said in Abuja that the girls still put in their best in all the league matches played during the period.
“The non-payment did not discourage them from playing their matches; they have been playing their games knowing that one day the monies would be paid,’’ she said.
Onyedimma said that the Council was able to pay the 12-month salary backlog for 2011 owed to the players and their coaches, despite an earlier protest by the girls over the non-payment of the salaries and sign-on fees.
“I thank God that they have been paid their 12-month salaries. All of them are happy and government is happy too.
“They know also that their officials at the sports council were not happy with the delay in payment, but thank God we can now sleep with our two eyes closed, knowing that the players are happy,’’ Mrs Onyedimma said.
She said that the Establishments Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) had concluded arrangements to hold on to the players’ files, to ensure that their salaries were paid monthly.
Captain of the team, Oluchi Ezeji, confirmed the payment, but said that they only received nine months salary arrears and the sign-on fee for 2011, while those for 2008 and 2009 were still pending.
“The Accounts Officer who paid us at the Social Development Secretariat said that he was directed to pay us nine months arrears of salary and our match bonuses were not paid for the period too,’’ Ezeji said.
She said that the least player among them got about N180, 000 for the nine months, excluding the sign-on fee.
The players had earlier protested the non-payment of their 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 salaries and their sign-on fees.
Only the 2011 sign-on fee was paid to them and their coaching crew on Tuesday night, after several complaints.
The Director of Sports, FCT, Alim Musa, had said that about N10 million was approved by the FCT Administration to offset the backlog of salaries for only 2010. (NAN)