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Kwara Govt Denies Marginalization of Para Athletes, Refutes Other Allegations

 

The Kwara State Government has dismissed claims of marginalizing para athletes, following a protest by the athletes who locked the stadium gate in Ilorin, alleging mistreatment by Coach Bola Mogaji, Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Sports Commission (KSC).

The athletes, led by Teslim Balogun and Kudirat Imam Fulani, alleged marginalization, poor stipends, and lack of employment opportunities despite winning laurels for the state. They accused Coach Mogaji of yanking off Bilikis Abolore from the KSC board and underdeclaring allocations for competitions.

However, Coach Mogaji refuted the claims, stating that the protest resulted from a reform by the Commission, which dissolved the non-statutory board, affecting Abolore and others.

He clarified that allowances come from the Secretary to State Government’s office, not the Commission, and that the government won’t pay board members no longer with the commission.

The KSC provided a list of 18 coaches and athletes on its payroll, including para athletes, despite an employment embargo. Coach Mogaji denied underdeclaring funds for competitions, stating that he has always declared the approved amounts.

The government has intervened, promising to address the grievances, and the stadium has been reopened. The matter is being resolved, and the para athletes have been assured of support.

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