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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 2:03 pm 
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Barely one week after lifting the mother of the late Super Eagles striker, Rashidi Yekini, with cash and other material gifts, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has extended the gesture to the family of late national team star, Samuel Okwaraji.

Samuel Okwaraji died in 1989 while playing for Nigeria in a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos.

Since then, apart from former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, no other government official has seen the need to check on the welfare of the family the former midfielder left behind while playing for the country.

At the weekend, Dare, who was represented by Mr. Bamidele Ajayi, visited late Okwaraji’s mother, Madam Janet Okwaraji at her home in Abakpa Nike, Enugu, where he donated cash gift of N50, 000 and food items to the family.

The other items included rice, semovita and beverages.

The Minister explained that the gesture was to help Madam Okwaraji in her old age as a mark of honour for the contribution of the former Dinamo Zagreb forward to Nigerian football.

“I have always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who live their lives to elevate the status of their community and nation.

“Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot. He was a great professional, who redefined football in Nigeria with many young talents benefiting from his ingenuity and sacrifices by re-writing our country’s name in gold in world football.”

Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwarajis, Mr. Patrick Okwaraji regretted that their mother was slightly indisposed hence she could not receive the Minister’s representative.

He expressed the family’s appreciation for the kind gesture, adding, “Sam died almost 30 years ago and everybody would appreciate if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and appreciated for the little contributions he made even when he died in his prime.

“I thank the minister for deeming it worthy to do this. It is very encouraging that this is the first and only minister to support the family. We are indeed very grateful. I honestly don’t know what to say other than to say the family appreciates this show of commitment to us, which is long overdue.”

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 2:15 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 3:37 pm 
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I applaud the gesture...sincerely. But 50k? isn't that too small? Just my opinion oooo. is that what she will be getting on a monthly basis?


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 7:33 pm 
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While we should be grateful for every little thing, this something that should be institutionalized instead of depenfing on the goodwill of individual, that may or may not happen.

That said I'm not sure what the country did for the Okwaraji's but a good institution would have established some sort of benefit that will look after the old lady

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 7:33 pm 
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I believe there was a promise to take care of her when he died. So they dropped the ball then?

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:21 pm 
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lukemana wrote:
I applaud the gesture...sincerely. But 50k? isn't that too small? Just my opinion oooo. is that what she will be getting on a monthly basis?

Well, the amount might be seen as small, but how many ministers in the past has done this? If Madam Okwaraji is to receive such every month (though the article didn't say), then an improvement has been made which is worthy of commendation

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:25 pm 
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While we should be grateful for every little thing, this something that should be institutionalized instead of depenfing on the goodwill of individual, that may or may not happen.

That said I'm not sure what the country did for the Okwaraji's but a good institution would have established some sort of benefit that will look after the old lady

Let's be careful with what you suggested, Sir. Granted Okwaraji died while serving the country, what has the country done for all our military personnel who died while serving Nigeria? Thus, as you can see, the nation's good gesture shouldn't be focused ONLY on Okwaraji

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:36 pm 
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There's gotta be some kinda insurance that pays your beneficiaries if you die on national duty.


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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 11:39 pm 
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All we hear is our players negotiating predominantly for match bonuses, appearance fees and camp allowance!

Wetin happpen when dem wound


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:03 am 
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Odas wrote:
lukemana wrote:
I applaud the gesture...sincerely. But 50k? isn't that too small? Just my opinion oooo. is that what she will be getting on a monthly basis?

Well, the amount might be seen as small, but how many ministers in the past has done this? If Madam Okwaraji is to receive such every month (though the article didn't say), then an improvement has been made which is worthy of commendation
...not questioning this meager gesture, but how long has the minister been in office?
Did he just realized a player died on the field for Nigeria, and left behind family members?

Nigeria is totally lacking innovation to help served people, from the military to retirees, etc.


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:08 am 
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Cmoke wrote:
All we hear is our players negotiating predominantly for match bonuses, appearance fees and camp allowance!

Wetin happpen when dem wound
...should be a lesson to them to start saving for rainy days.
Especially when injured during national assignment.
They know some clubs don't foot bills, unless you are super star for them or as the Americans call it 'a designated player'.


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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 8:10 am 
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Odas wrote:
pajimoh wrote:
While we should be grateful for every little thing, this something that should be institutionalized instead of depenfing on the goodwill of individual, that may or may not happen.

That said I'm not sure what the country did for the Okwaraji's but a good institution would have established some sort of benefit that will look after the old lady

Let's be careful with what you suggested, Sir. Granted Okwaraji died while serving the country, what has the country done for all our military personnel who died while serving Nigeria? Thus, as you can see, the nation's good gesture shouldn't be focused ONLY on Okwaraji

I never said it should, but we are talking about Okwaraji's mother.
A country is as strong as its institution. If it's not done for the military, I doubt it would be done for footballers etc

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Odas wrote:
pajimoh wrote:
While we should be grateful for every little thing, this something that should be institutionalized instead of depenfing on the goodwill of individual, that may or may not happen.

That said I'm not sure what the country did for the Okwaraji's but a good institution would have established some sort of benefit that will look after the old lady

Let's be careful with what you suggested, Sir. Granted Okwaraji died while serving the country, what has the country done for all our military personnel who died while serving Nigeria? Thus, as you can see, the nation's good gesture shouldn't be focused ONLY on Okwaraji

The simplest solution I can think of is insurance policy for them, both footy players and soldiers. It'll even help boost the insurance sector and by extension the economy.

Wrt the players, part of the premium can/should come from their allowances and bonuses. How many of them will agree to that proposal if guaranteed that the money won't be stolen by officials?

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