Pelican Stars Of Calabar Harass Ayade Over Salary Arrears, Say They Can’t Even Buy Menstrual Pads

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Pelican stars of Calabar protesting in front of governor's office on Wednesday
Pelican stars of Calabar protesting in front of governor’s office on Wednesday

Members of the famous Calabar Pelican Stars Football Club early in the week harassed the Cross River State Government for neglecting them, and leaving them to their own fate since January till date.

A delegation of the team led by a lady who simply identified herself as Giberlt, on Wednesday 26th, 2015, dressed in their training kits, carefully arranged themselves and waited around the State Ministry of Youth and Sports secretariat for the Governor’s arrival in office.

The placard bearing female footballers, on hearing the sirens, immediately poured into the road in front of the governor’s office near the governor’s exclusive entrance gate and were chanting solidarity songs and lamenting their working conditions as well as flagging their protest banners while the governor’s convoy drove into governor’s office.

The leader of the protesters while speaking to our reporter said, “We are here for our entitlements; since January we have been here and nothing has been given to us.

“Our matches are not honored, we find it difficult to make ends meet, as women we can’t even buy pad for ourselves, we can’t buy tissue when under our period, we can’t eat or do anything and we don’t even have hair cover, some of us are the bread winners of our family.

“We came here last month in respect to the entitlement but nothing was given to us, we are here to see the governor for audience. We want to see the governor one on one so that he can make ends meet for us”.

As at the time of filling this report, the Governor was yet to attend to the visibly angry footballers and no government official was willing to comment on the matter.

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