By Rachael Ugiagbe
After reports broke out that Abia Angels have not been paid for nine months, the state’s Commissioner for Sports, Chief Chinwe Nwanganga has given the team an assurance that the issues of their unpaid salaries will soon be settled.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Nwanganga stated that the state government will do everything possible to ensure that the players and officials receive their payments in the next two months.
The commissioner also added that Abia Angels will be provided with all they need to excel in the Nigeria Women Premier League.
“Government is owing everywhere, but we will try to make sure that this year is better than last year (for Abia Angels),” Nwanganga said.
“Their dues are not paid up to date that I know, but we are doing every thing possible to make sure that they are paid and they are comfortable to play well.
“Now that they are in the budget, I assure you that in the next one-two months, they will be sorted out.”
Nwanganga does not also think that Abia Angels are being treated unfairly when compared to their male counterparts.
“They (male team) too are owed. You know the problem of this thing is, they have to be budgeted for first.”
“So it’s like the heart of the first lady, the wife of the governor, is carrying them on, but now that there have been a budget passed and they are in the budget, I think they will smile very soon.”