I wonder why government waited this long if there is money to pay? President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Ministry of Finance to pay the Super Falcons their entitlements.
The Falcons, who beat hosts Cameroon 1-0 to win the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Yaounde on December 3, were forced to embark on protest in Abuja after the Nigeria Football Federation failed to pay them their bonuses and allowances.
Out of frustration, the eighth time African champions marched on the Presidential Villa on Wednesday to press home their demands.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari said Buhari had directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, to ensure that the players are paid today.
Abba Kyari, who just returned from a medical trip abroad, said he had conveyed the directive to the players, who staged a protest to the gate of the Presidential Villa earlier on Wednesday.
He said, “The problem has been resolved. The players did us proud. I congratulated them on the feat they achieved. I have also told them that all their entitlements would be paid latest by Thursday.
“We have called the Minister of Finance as well as the Minister of Youth and Sports. They will be paid by tomorrow (Thursday). The details, I don’t know.”