A state government with so much much money in its coffers to buy 16 Sports Utility Vehicles, SUVs for already well-paid Federal lawmakers should have no problem paying players representing the state-owned football clubs their dues many will want to believe.

But that is not exactly the case in Rivers State where players had to embark on a public protest to demand for their unpaid 2014/15 season sign on fees.

Though the protest was condemned and the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike publicly frowned at being dragged into an issue that happened during the time of his predecessor, it has yielded positive fruits for the embittered players.

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It is understood that the Rivers State Government has now approved the release of funds for the payment of sign on fees owed players of Sharks, Dolphins and Rivers Angels FC for the 2014/15 season.

Speaking on the development, Rivers State Sports Commissioner, Honourable Boma Iyaye stated that the present administration will continue to make the welfare of sports men and women in the state top priority.

He added the Rivers State Government will continue to support the two state-owned clubs, Rivers United FC and Rivers Angels FC to ensure that laurels are claimed in the upcoming campaign.

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