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I’m seriously looking into the plight of footballers, says Gov. Ishaku

Taraba’s helmsman, Arc. Darius Ishaku has said he is working hard to address the plight of protesting footballers in the state. He said however that the footballers must exercise patience and desist from disrupting the peace enjoyed in the state.

The governor stated this after the football protesters boycotted the State Secretariat and the Jolly Nyame Stadium last week to express their grievances to the State government.

Gov. Ishaku who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Emmanuel Bello, said that football should bring relief and entertainment and not a crisis in the state.

He said, “My heart goes out to the footballers and I can assure them we are on top of the matter. We are looking at both short term and long term measures to combat their issue. I have been studying the outstanding bill and working with my team to find solutions. We should be able to deal with the various issues soon.”

The governor said he is committed to offsetting all claims within the confines of the state’s limited resources. He appealed that government must meet all needs given the shortage of funds. He also added that he would rather pay off outstanding claims than serving a few interest.

“I have a name to protect and a reputation too. So I’m committed to my citizens. Football is very important but I’m also mindful of civil servants and my pensioners. I’m carrying everyone along in this. In a time of scarcity, prioritizing becomes very vital.”

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