The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has condemned the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for promising cash gifts to the Super Eagles if they win the AFCON Qualifier match against South Africa.
They said it’s improper at a time he and other governors declined to pay workers a “paltry” N30,000 minimum wage.
In a statement signed on Saturday by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ogheneluemu Sylvester Imonina, the party said Governor Okowa’s disposition to “frivolous” spending at the detriment of yearning dire needs, smacks off “I don’t care” because of lack of vision and mission of the state government.
“Deltans are lovers of football, but place high premium on academics and talent discovery. In our present Delta State, under Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, these are consigned to the dustbin.
“The APC family in Delta State condemns in entirety the promise of rewarding the Super Eagles of Nigeria $25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand Dollars), that is #10,000.000.00 (Ten Million Naira), for each goal scored by the Eagles against the South Africa team in South Africa.
“Also, we condemn the government squander-maniac dispositions of picking up the bills of the Super Eagles’ camping in Asaba, and the sponsorship of the friendly match between the Eagles and Uganda football team, coming up next week.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that such gestures are needed some times but same is morally unjustifiable at this critical time of our history, where Governors, inclusive of Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa are kicking against the #30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand Naira) minimum wage, on the purported ground of lack of money,” the statement read.