In a petition forwarded to the governor, alleged that the Kwara State Sports Commission gave each participant the sum of N31,000 for the 10-day programme out of the N20m that was approved for the competition.
“We are using this medium to draw the attention of the state government over our plight. Kwara State athletes participated at the National Para Games last April and we passed through hell. According to our findings, the sum of N20m was released by the state government but the sum of N3m got to us.
“From 20th June 2022 (Monday), we are going to shut down the economic activities of Kwara State Stadium and nobody will be allowed in until our demands are met. We are calling on well-meaning individuals to support our bid to salvage the athletes from poor welfarism. Letters have been written to Kwara State House of Assembly, Kwara State Service Commission, Secretary to the State Government and Government House to notify them of our plight.”
In his reaction, the chairman of the commission, Mallam Bola Mogaji, maintained that despite the limited resources of the state government, the commission sustained its upward increment in the payment of allowances to the athletes, which he claimed was higher than what their counterparts earned in other states.
He added that each athlete was paid an allowance of N3,000 per day against the normal N2,000 per day.
Mr Mogaji explained that the commission took 92 athletes and officials instead of the approved 45-man contingent to the competition, which lasted for eight days, adding that the payment of allowances to each of the athletes was extended to 10 days.
“The athletes to the Paralympic festival were paid to the tune of N30,000 as allowances,” explaining that the “commission budgeted for the purchase of equipment, coaches, secretaries, helpers, interpreters, medical personnel, drivers and guides for visually-impaired athletes to assist the contingent in the championship.”
“The development can be described as corruption fighting back as a result of dismissal of some of the athletes suggestion that money meant for equipment be shared as against getting equipment to enhance effective and efficient training,” he said.