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Falcons Not Paid Benefits; Still Boils Down To Gender Inequality

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Nigeria's Super Falcons Treatment; Gender Inequality.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons Treatment; Gender Inequality.  While this may seem hilarious, it is really not funny and perhaps one of the biggest embarrassment to the Nigerian Football Federation- NFF and the Nigerian government at large.

Whether we admit it or not, gender inequality which I believe is the root of violence against women in the first place still fuels decision making even among the supposed informed leaders of our country when it comes to women in Nigeria.

After many attempts to get paid for their victory, the female National soccer team, have taken their protest to the gates of the National Assembly, apparently to draw support for their heroism.

 

They demonstrated outside parliament on Wednesday 14th December, 2016 to demand the payment of their bonuses for winning Africa’s international championship an eighth time.

The falcons beat Cameron 1-0 at the beginning of the month December, rounding off their victory to eight (8) women’s Africa coup nation.

 

 

It may be true that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the Nigerian government’s attention to sport generally is below commendable causing Nigeria many great opportunities on the international scene, the recent happening with respect to the women’s arm of football (Super Falcons) is the most glaring demonstration of a lack of respect for women and their impact generally on the whole nation.

Recall that during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games hosted in Brazil, the general attitude of the Nigerian government with respect to releasing funds for participant was very discouraging. We had cases where players on the day of their match were stranded in an entirely different location from where they were supposed to play. As if that was not enough, some Nigerians had to sponsor themselves to the games in other to go and do the country proud.

But more glaringly, the laid back attitude is usually heightened when it involves women.

Ese Brume represented Nigeria in the uefa games and made the country proud in long jump. There was no form of recognition what soever for her, not by the sport council governing body  and not by the Nigerian government.

Chierika Ukogu had to sponsor herself to represent in rowing because Nigerian government wouldn’t sponsor her.

And now the super falcons having given their best and made a name for the country, they too are having to carry placards in protest to get the benefits accrued to them

While the excuse for the non-payment of the super falcons allowance is probably hinged on lack of funds as the country is grappling with recession, politicians do not make the kind of sacrifice these patriotic Nigerians make and have just made but just a portion of the salaries of a few serving senators for just a month will be more than enough to pay the players.

There is money to be spent on foreign trips by the presidency but there is no money to pay for services of young Nigerians well deserving of reward.

This demonstrate loudly only one thing;

That Nigeria as a country is plagued by corruption fuelled by greed.

www.dailymail.co.uk, www.vanguardngr.com, thenet.ng

 

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