The Director of the Athletics High Performance Centre Port Harcourt, Eric Campbell has said that he has not heard from the Nigeria’s Ministry of Sports concerning the payment of his ten months’ salary.
Www.sportstalkafrica.com gathered that the American who is based in Abuja was last paid around February 2016
We also gathered that his assistants Gabriel Okon and Michael Afilaka have not been paid as some of the staff of the High Performance Centre living in Abuja have been told to vacate their houses because of the ministry’s inability to pay the rent.
Campbell whose contract was renewed by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung in January 2016 confirmed to our correspondent on phone interview that he is being owed by the sports ministry
“It is true, they said there is no money but we have seen money, money has come in, but they have made the decision to use that money elsewhere, which am trying to see where because there is no programme running right now what are they spending the money on”.
Okon collects 5,000 dollars per month while Campbell is around 8,000 to 10,000 dollars per month.
Our source who refused to be named said the refusal of the sports ministry to pay the outstanding salary could be a means to send Campbell away.
In 2012, former Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi employed Angie Taylor and Eric Campbell to discover and nurture Nigerian athletes from the grassroot to stardom.
But the chairman of the defunct National Sports Commission,Alhassan Yakmut refused to renew their contracts which expired in 2016 saying there had not been any positive changes in the performance of Nigerian athletes.