<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday announced the release of N26 million for settlement of players’ match bonuses and donation of two new buses to Lobi Stars Football Club.
He made the disclosure at the Benue People’s House Makurdi during a meeting with the management and players of the Club ahead of the Challenge Cup Finals coming up in Lagos next week.
Lobi Stars will play Akwa United at the event.
The Governor who commended Lobi Stars for making the people of the state proud by qualifying for the finals through what he described as sheer resilience stated that his gestures were intended to motivate the players to bring home the trophy.
He said in spite of the lean financial resources of the state he decided to bend backwards in order to fulfill the obligations and reiterated the commitment of his administration to making sports a veritable platform for engaging and developing youths in the State.
Governor Ortom also directed the constitution of a delegation to accompany him to personally witness the match and cheer the club to victory.
Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr.Lawrence Onoja Junior, stated that arrangements have been concluded for the Club to be in Lagos for the tournament.
Vice-Chairman of the club, Mr.Dominic Iorfa, disclosed that although players salaries had been paid up to date they were yet to receive their match bonuses and expressed the hope that they would be paid to boost their morale.
Team captain, Terna Ikpeen, assured that with the steps taken and the Governor’s presence at the finals, the club would win the trophy.