'Pay my 23 months salaries' - Sunshine Stars FC driver to Akeredolu

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor
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Emeh Joy

The bus driver of Sunshine Stars of Akure, Shola Adedifi has lamented the fact that he hasn't received his salaries for 23 months and has begged the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to pay him the salaries owed by the club.

According to Adedifi, he has been with the Sunshine Stars Football Club since 2001 and earns a monthly salary of N30,000. He told news reporters that the outstanding salaries owed him dates as far back as when Olusegun Mimiko was the governor of the state.

He said while he wasn't paid for 14 months under Mimikoo's government, Akeredolu's administration has been owing him nine months salaries.

"I and my colleagues, we are about 62 in number, are yet to get our salaries. In my own case, I was not paid for 14 months under Mimiko.

"The present administration hasn't paid me for nine months as well. I earn just N30,000 monthly, yet the government did not deem it fit to pay my money.

Players of Sunshine Star FC, a football club based in Akure, Nigeria

"We begged Mimiko to pay us, but he left without paying us. Now, we are also pleading with governor Akeredolu not to neglect us", the father of six said.

Mr Adedifi added that his family has been living in harsh conditions since he has not been receiving his wages.

"I haven't received any salary this year. I've been working with the club since 2001 and managed my family on what I earn but the non-payment of my salary for so many months has made things worse for us.

"During the COVID-19 period, it's been hell for my six children and wife, because I've been unable to pay my bills. Last week, I had to beg for money from a friend for us to feed. The N3,000 my friend gave me was used to buy foodstuffs.

"Governor Akeredolu should pleas look into this matter. Is it good that we are working but cannot fend for our households? Some ex-Sunshine Star players in Europe have been helpful, but things are tough now.

"I also used to drive people to other states and make some money in my spare time, but all that stopped with COVID-19", he lamented.

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