The state commissioner for youths and sports, Comrade Kenneth Emelu confirmed to Goal, that the Imo State government yesterday released the sum of 70m Naira for the payment to service 40% sign-on fees of the players and officials of the club.
Emelu explained that the latest payment brings amounts released so far to 50% following the initial 10% that was earlier released to the club.
The commissioner hinted that the amount released was in “fulfilment of a promise he personally made to the players recently.”
Emelu however, announced the increase in the monthly subvention of the club above N8million.
He assured that the new subvention “would provide enough money on a monthly basis for the full payment of enhanced players’ and officials’ emoluments”, and it also “caters for the prosecution of all the club’s league matches for the season”.
He said: “As I am talking to you now, the funds for the above have been paid into Heartland's bank account”.
On September 29, 2013, players of Heartland Football Club had stormed the Government House in Owerri to protest the non-payment of salaries, sign-on fees and bonuses owed them as well as threatened to boycott their league match against Sharks of Port Harcourt.
The Naze Millionaires will kick off their 2013/14 Nigeria Premier League campaign on February 23 against Dolphins at the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri.