Athletes who will represent Rivers state at the 19th National Sports Festival later this year will protest to the government house in Port Harcourt this week the non-payment of their salaries and allowances, SavidNews has reliably gathered.
The athletes, according to sources are eager to take their grievances to the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, whom they believe may not be aware of their plight.
“We believe the governor is not aware that we are being owed for more than 10 months now. The deputy governor, Tele Ikuru is in-charge of sports and we fear recent developments over his movement back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have affected communication between him and the governor and that is why we want to see His Excellency to let him know this is hampering our preparations for the festival,” said Taiwo Suleiman, one of the athletes.
Rivers state won the festival when it hosted it in 2011 and came second at the Eko 2012 edition behind Delta state.
The athletes are determined to return the state to the number one position which it achieved four years ago for the first time since its creation in 1967.