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Gateway Utd Management Commends Abiodun Over Payment Of Players, Staff Salary During Covid-19

Mr. Niyi Soleye
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

ABEOKUTA - Management of Gateway United has commended Ogun  Governor of Ogun State Prince Dapo Abiodun for his consistent support for the club even in the face of the novel Coronavirus.


Acting General Manager of the Club, Mr. Niyi Soleye gave the commendation on Thursday when new executive members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN),  Ogun state chapter paid a working visit to management of the club. 


Mr. Soleye applauded the state government for its giant strides towards ensuring that Football and sports in general return to an enviable height in the Gateway State.


He said Gateway United have continued to fulfill their contractual obligations to the players and officials of the team despite the hardship caused by Covid-19.


He harped on the fact that the Governor despite the Covid-19 Pandemic which has crippled businesses and put on hold several means of generating funds for the state has ensured that the team do not only receive salaries but they also get paid as and when due


While addressing the newly elected Ogun State SWAN executives, the administrator said "I have that confidence that the Governor is very much ready for us,  unlike some other state owned football clubs. With the responsive government  we have, Gateway United Football Club is not owing a dime as far as salaries are concerned. The governor is  aware Football has not been in session but he still keeps paying.


He also lauded Ogun State  Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Dr Oluwadare Kehinde for his unalloyed support. 

The Gateway Utd management with SWAN exco

"Most times the Commissioner for Sports will be the one to request for our salary file. So that's why I'm stressing that this time around it would be a very different era positively once Football is safe to return in Nigeria.".


He appreciated the Ogun SWAN executives led by Alhaji Hakeem Akintunde and assured them of all necessary Support and cooperation adding that Gateway United and Ogun SWAN are partners in progress.


Speaking earlier, the SWAN Chairman, Hakeem Akintunde thanked the Gateway United management for collaborating with sports writers in the state, and strive to take Gateway United out of the Nigerian National League (NNL) to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). 

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