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I am dying of hunger’’ – Legendary Nigerian boxer Jerry Okorodudu cries out
“I am dying of hunger’’ –
Legendary Nigerian boxer,
Jerry Okorodudu cries out.

Legendary Nigerian boxer, Jerry
Okorodudu says 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., says he is
owed the salary arrears by the sports
ministry without any explanation as he told
the told News Agency of Nigeria 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 medallist
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

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I am dying of hunger’’ – Legendary Nigerian boxer Jerry Okorodudu cries out - by nazeal - 07-17-2018, 08:02 PM

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