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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I’m dying of hunger – US ’94 Olympic star Okorodudu cries out

I’m dying of hunger – US ’94 Olympic star Okorodudu cries out

Nigerian boxing star at the US ’94 Olympic, Jerry Okorodudu, has said
he is dying of hunger over the non-payment of his 10 months’ salary by
the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Okorodudu, Nigeria’s boxer in the 1994 Los Angeles Olympic Games,
U.S, said he is owed salary arrears by the sports ministry without any

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the situation had
deprived him of providing for his family, adding that he had “resorted
to begging in order to eat and feed his family’’.

It will be recalled that the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games bronze
medalist had in 2016 gone cap in hands begging the same ministry to pay
him 14 months’ salary arrears.

The matter was later resolved and he got his salary arrears then.

“I have travelled to Abuja severally and also written letters to the
ministry but nothing is forthcoming, all they do is to keep referring me
to different people in the ministry.

“I am dying of hunger and can no longer cater for my family because my salary has not been paid in the last 10 months.

“I have represented this country during my active years and should not be treated this way, this is bad.

“A similar thing happened in 2016 where I petitioned the ministry and
the court ordered them to pay me the 14 months salaries they owed me as
at then ,’’ he said.

The former boxer, who also won two gold medals at the African
Championship in 1982, lamented the treatment from the sports ministry in
spite of his contributions and sacrifices for the country.

“My pensionable job in the ministry was changed to a contract; the
Nigeria Boxing Federation has also sidelined me by removing me from
every competition.

“I represented this country well as an athlete and a coach, but it is
a pity that this is happening to me and other former sportsmen and
women in the country,’’ he said.
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