The 3-man Interim Management Committee set up by the Ondo State Goverment to look into the activities of the Ondo State Football Agency, ODSFA, has successfully captured legitimate workers of the agency into its payroll.
This development brought the agency’s staff strength from the unsubstantiated 639 height to the legitimate point of 157 and a wage bill of over 12 million naira to about 6 million naira.
The Chairman of the committee, set up on March 27th to look into the financial records of the agency within the last four years, Chief Gbenga Elegbeleye made this known while presenting the report of the committee to the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN,in Akure.
Chief Elegbeleye maintained that the committee had regularised the activities of the agency in line with its terms of reference and in conformity with best practices.
He lamented that faceless persons who were not offering the agency any services received hundreds of thousand naira monthly while some graduates genuinely working for the agency were being paid ten thousand naira as salaries.
Chief Elegbeleye explained that irregular payment of salaries had made some good players including goalkeepers to abandon the state’s male football team, the Sunshine Stars Football Club which according to him was part of the reasons the club is currently struggling against relegation in the professional league.
While suggesting to government the introduction of a Football Academy to discover talented players within the state, which according to him has not been done for the past eight years, Chief Elegbeleye was however quick to assure the State Government that its darling team would not go on relegation at the end of the season.
Responding, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, promised to work on the report but directed the committee to continue to work till the end of the season.
The governor Akeredolu urged the committee to keep its promise to ensure that Sunshine Stars FC did not on relegation.
Other members of the committee are Mr Tunde Ogunja and Elder Mike Adeyeye who is Secretary of the Committee.