By Adebayo Williams
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said that the recession currently ravaging the country’s economy is to blame for the failure to pay salaries. Pinnick, who was explaining the plight of the Glass House on Youtube, said the country’s situation was hampering efforts to pay salary arrears to its staff.
“I believe that if you work you should earn your dues, but the current economic situation has put us in a very precarious situation in terms of funding.
“It’s not just Nigeria but a global recession and it’s very difficult to fulfil all our financial obligations because the government is struggling,” he said.
The federation had been held to ransom to players and coaches alike in recent times for failure to pay salaries and allowances. Recently, coach of the Dream Team VI to the Rio 2016 Olympics, Samson Siasia, gave the body a two-week ultimatum to pay his salary arrears. Siasia if his demands are not met, he would move to the Abuja office of the NFF and remain there till he is paid.
A Super Eagles player who spoke with Goal said the federation had said they had not received funding from the Federal Government. He said they promised outstanding allowances, which had not been paid since March, and salaries as soon as the funding is released.