A board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Brown Ebewele, has blasted the fractional Athletes Representative, Charles Himah, for benefiting from the sports ministry ‘s N50, 000 COVID -19 palliative set aside for active athletes.
It would be recalled that Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, reportedly doled out the sum of N11 million as a relief fund for Nigerian athletes to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In an interview, the former sports commissioner in Edo State, Ebewele questioned the inclusion of Himah for a financial aid meant for the athletes alone, adding that the federation‘s officials should always place the interest of the athletes forward before any personal interest.
“I was mad to see the name of Charles Himah (Athletes Representative on AFN board) on the list of those earlier compiled to receive the palliative. What was his name doing on the list? We have to be very careful with the way we do things, especially when it comes to athletes. They are the reason why we are in this job, and we should do everything possible to take care of them,” he told The Guardian.
Ebewele noted that a lot of the country’s athletes are not in the payroll of the state or club level which the sports ministry’s palliative would have helped them in the trying times.
“The palliative should be for athletes who are struggling for survival. There are so many athletes who are not under the payroll at the state or club level, and they don’t even have parents or guardians taking care of them. To me, those are the people who need the N50,000 palliative. The AFN and other sports federations know those athletes“.