From Kemi Yesufu, Abuja
The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its Committee on Sports to liaise with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to ensure the immediate payment of the entitlements due to the families of late former Super Eagles coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu.
Keshi died on Tuesday, June 7, while Shuaibu died on Saturday June 11 in Benin City.
The House also observed a moment of silence in honour of the late coaches.
The mandate followed the adoption of a motion brought under matters of urgent public importance, on the death of the two former national team coaches, co- sponsored by Samuel Onuigbo (PDP-Abia) and Phillip Shaibu (APC-Edo).
Leading the debate on the motion, Onuigbo, urged the NFF to immediately pay the entitlements and other monies owed the late coaches.
He said it was unacceptable that Shuaibu who led the Super Eagles to a third place finish, twice at the African Cup of Nations was being owed salaries by the Edo State government as a director in its Youth Football Development Agency and the NFF where he served as Technical Director until his death.
“We don’t was a situation where people are worried about serving the nation over concerns on how they will be treated” he said.
On his part, Shaibu observed that the NFF had become accustomed to treating foreign coaches better than their Nigerian counterparts.
He expressed regret that even with laurels won by the senior national team under Keshi and Amodu, they weren’t given due recognition even as they were removed unceremoniously.
The lawmaker who called on NFF to retire Keshi’s Number 4 jersey to “show love and respect” to the former captain of the Super Eagles, equally sought at end to the crisis in the Glass House.
Contributing to the debate, Nkiru Onyejeocha (PDP-Abia) decried what she described as the culture of only recognising outstanding individuals when they pass on.
She also condemned what she said was the controversial circumstances which Keshi and Shaibu were sacked as managers of the national team.
“Nigeria should wake up and stop doing what will send our professionals to an early death”, she stressed.
The House presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara, unanimously adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote and it was referred to the Committee on Sports for further legislative action.
… Edo owes Amodu N25m
Source : SunOnline