According to News Agency of Nigeria Jerry Okorodudu, an Olympian disclosed on Tuesday that he is dying of hunger because the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is yet to pay his 10 months’ salary without a reason.
This he claims, has led to his inability to provide for his family, and has consequently made him “resorted to begging in order to eat and feed his family’’.
“I have traveled to Abuja severally and also written letters to the ministry but nothing is forthcoming, all they do is to keep referring me to different people in the ministry.
“I am dying of hunger and can no longer cater for my family because my salary has not been paid in the last 10 months.
“I have represented this country during my active years and should not be treated this way, this is bad,’’ he said.
“A similar thing happened in 2016 where I petitioned the ministry and the court ordered them to pay me the 14 months salaries they owed me as at then.’’
The two-time gold medalist also lamented that his once pensionable job in the ministry was changed to a contract and the Nigeria Boxing Federation denied him access to competitions.
“I represented this country well as an athlete and a coach, but it is a pity that this is happening to me and other former sportsmen and women in the country,’’ he added.
Source – NAN
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