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Thursday, 16 June 2016

We owe late Amodu Shuaibu N8m - Edo state government

Following reports that the Edo state government owe Amodu Shuaibu about N25million before his death, the  chief press secretary to the state governor Peter Okhiria in a statement made available to journalists denied the insinuation, saying the state owe the late tactician N8million.

Edo owe Amodu Shuaibu N8m
Late Amodu Shuaibu

The statement reads: “Let us state from the onset that his death is a huge loss to Edo state and Nigeria. We are certain that no one can fill the void of the shoes left behind by Coach Shaibu. “He was not just a proud Edo son but also a perfect gentleman, community leader among other callings.

“This is why he was invited to work with our young footballers after he was unceremoniously relieved of his appointment as Coach having qualified Nigeria for the World Cup. We remain deeply pained by his very sudden and untimely death. “The facts are the late Amodu Shaibu worked with the state government, on a fixed-term contract basis, as Consultant/Technical Adviser of Edo State Football Development Programme, a Football Academy established by the State Government to tap the talents of Edo youths and turn them into world stars.
 “In deference to his pedigree, and having informed the Governor of how he was shabbily treated by the Nigerian Football Federation after the World Cup qualification he helped secure for the nation, and also admitting that the new job to manage the State’s Football Academy had lesser attraction than the National team Coach job he had, Amodu Shaibu was placed on a monthly salary of N2 million, which is hundred per cent better than what he was earning as Coach of the National Football team, and also making him the highest paid official of the Edo State Government. “The said fixed-term contract was however not renewed on expiration based on the dwindling revenues and the necessary cuts in government spending.
 It is basic that a fixed-term contract ends automatically when the agreed end date is reached and the employer doesn’t have to give any notice. “This means that a fixed-term contract is deemed terminated if not renewed. In spite of the fact that the said contract was not renewed, the late Amodu Shaibu continued to draw his monthly wage of N2 million until it was stopped by the Office of the Accountant General in June, 2015, following the discovery after a staff biometric verification exercise. “The late Amodu Shaibu thereafter tendered his ‘letter of resignation’, in September 2015, even when the said contract was not renewed and had been deemed terminated, following its non-renewal. Before he died, Shuaibu was said to have also expressed his frustration that his monthly salaries were stopped with effect from June 2015 for no justifiable reasons. “This brought hardship to me and my family. Thanks for the understanding and practice of my landlord; I would have been thrown out of my rented apartment for failure to pay my house rent in the last two years. “I have come to the sad conclusion of taking the part of honour by respectfully resigning my appointment as consultant/technical adviser of Football development Programme in Edo.
“Although technically, my appointment seem to have been terminated by the Accountant General by the stoppage of my monthly salaries since June 2015, this my official resignation takes a retrospective effect from September 30th, 2015,” Shaibu stated in the draft letter.
It would be recalled that some family members and colleagues of the late coach had blamed the state government for his untimely death, lamented that he died of frustration.