No body has been sacked in Edo Sports Commission - Edo Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu
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No body has been sacked in Edo Sports Commission - Edo Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu

Edo State Government has cleared the air on the rumoured sack of program athletes, coaches and staff of Edo Sports Commission, saying that it was nothing but fight for no cause.

While addressing head coaches and captains of various sports associations at the new Festival Hall, Government House, Benin, Shaibu noted that the attitude of the protesters was highly condemnable as it has no basis.

Nobody has been sacked and they have decided to protest in the wrong way. You are protesting over something that's not existing and I can confirm that these are politically sponsored persons and not my athletes.

If you received false information and the government comes out to deny it and you still go ahead to protest, then it's a politically motivated protest.

I implore you to please tell those protesting, if actually, they are your athletes, tell them to vacate the place, but if they refuse, then the government will treat them as politically motivated hoodlums. I

If the government wants development in the state, no one can stop the government from doing it.

The new Sports Commission does not have anything to do with the situation at hand, we gave them what to do.

Anyone who's not fit to do sports will be redeployed to another ministry. You didn't vote for us to come to mismanage your resources. So, those who live abroad and are earning salaries for doing nothing will have no place here again.

We want to take Edo to the first position in the country's sports scene, so, the policy that will make this a reality is what we will do - we are not sacking, but we are redeploying.

Present at the briefing were Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Bose Igbinobaro; Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Mr Yusuf Ali, Permanent Secretary, Edo State Sports Commission, Mrs Sabina Chikere and the Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa.

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