Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the payment of eight months’ salary arrears worth N300million owed the state’s special athletes by the Rotimi Amaechi administration.
The governor, who was represented by the chief of staff, Government House, Chief Emeka Woke, made the disclosure on Monday, when he assured the athletes that the money had been approved and would soon be paid into their respective bank accounts.
“I am a sports loving governor, and I also believe that a labourer is worthy of his wages. I have approved 100 percent payment of your salaries. I am sure you are aware that it is not my administration that owed you this money,” Governor Wike said.
Wike, who emphasised that governance is a continuum, said he had paid other allowances and sponsored other sporting activities since his administration came on board in May this year.
The governor also reminded the athletes that he facilitated the playing of all national and international football matches in Port Harcourt, because there was peace and the need to attract investors.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo who was also accompanied by the Director of State Security Services in the state, commended the sports men and women for their decorum.
“I want to commend you for conducting your selves peacefully. It shows that you people are patriotic, law abiding and responsible Nigerians,” Mr. Kimo said.
Responding, the representative of the athletes, Mr. Peregba Martins said he and the group were happy with the assurances of the governor, and promised to reciprocate the gesture by getting his team to win many medals in the upcoming sports festival taking place in Calabar in December 2015 or March 2016.

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