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Apologise For Unpaid Basketballers’ Bonuses, Don’t Blame Me, Dalung Lambasts Sunday Dare

 

A former minister of sports, Solomon Dalung, has tackled his successor, Sunday Dare, over his comments on the allegedly diverted bonuses and allowances of Nigeria women’s basketball team, D’Tigress.

Dalung said the N1 billion had been approved by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and released since August 2019 for the basketballers’ bonuses.

The former minister was reacting to a comment made by Sunday Dare that he was not the minister when the bonuses were owed.

In a video uploaded on the official Facebook page of the Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports Development, Nigeria, the minister had said, “These are allowances that are owed since 2017 when I was not even the minister.”

The minister also clarified that the fund was not diverted.

The PUNCH had reported that members of D’Tigress had expressed their anger in a viral video, claiming that they are being owed allowances and bonuses.

The women’s basketballers also threatened to boycott future call-ups to represent Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup qualification series if all outstanding allowances are not paid.

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