The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa obviously has plenty of money to throw around.

He he has chosen to pay the Super Eagles a whooping N18m ($50,000) instead of redeeming his pledge of $25,000 (N9m) per goal scored by the Super Eagles in their AFCON qualifying match against South Africa.

In the football encounter, the match ended 1-1 with the Super Eagles qualifying for the championship billed to hold in Cameroon in 2019.

At a state banquet yesterday held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, Okowa disclosed that though, the match ended 1-1, he saw the Super Eagles score more than one goal.

“As a state government, we did make a promise that we will give 25, 000 dollars per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa; in my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal, because the second goal was wrongly disallowed, so, we will fulfill our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee,” the governor said.

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Governor Okowa disclosed that the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba was a blessing in several ways.

The Super Eagles trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba from where they departed through the Asaba International Airport to South Africa.

Shortly before their departure, Okowa promised to reward them with the sum of $25, 000 for every goal scored which may have motivated the Super Eagles to qualify for the continental championship.

According to him, “we are very happy that you left for South Africa from Asaba because you enabled us to witness the first international flight from the Asaba International Airport; I am truly excited this evening that we are hosting our dear Super Eagles as a state government and the Ugandan Team that earlier played with the Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we truly enjoyed ourselves because the two teams played good football.”

With this scenario, talks of state governments not being able to pay the N30,000 minimum wage should not be entertained.


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