The Senate on Wednesday condemned the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation to pay the protesting Super Falcons their entitlements, asking the sports ministry and the Nigeria Football Federation to pay the players immediately.
The lawmakers lamented the trend of maltreatment of Nigerian athletes before, during and after international competitions.
The Falcons had won the African Women’s Cup of Nations for the eighth time in Cameroon on Saturday.
But they have yet to be paid their allowances and bonuses as the NFF said it had no money to pay them.
This forced the players to protest against their treatment by the NFF.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, while moving a motion by raising a point of order, decried the treatment meted out to the victorious team.
He condemned “the unfair treatment” on the girls, despite making the country proud at the competition.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce criticised the Federal Government and sports administrators in the country.
He said, “We care about structures, we don’t care about people. It is a disgrace what is happening to the Super Falcons, boxers and other athletes. Governments in Nigeria do not care about human being, they only care about awarding contracts.”
Also decrying the condition of the footballers at the plenary were Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central); Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio; and Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North), who all called for urgent intervention to ease the burden on the players.
Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, congratulated the Falcons, while asking the NFF and the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, “to do the needful so as to encourage a winning habit.”