It took stubbornness, perseverance and a protest by the Super Falcons for the federal government to finally do the right thing.
Pres. Muhammadu Buhari has now ordered the immediate payment of all their entitlements, according to his chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
On Wednesday morning, the same day the president was to submit the 2017 budget before the national assembly, the footballers marched to the gates of the assembly with placards demanding that they be paid their entitlements.
The team which won the African Women Championship in Cameroon for a record eight time had refused to check out of their hotels or hand over the trophy to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). After their shabby treatment in Cameroon while NFF officials flew in and out in chartered planes, the girls were simply not going to allow the sports authorities run them over.
In addition to their protest at the national assembly, they also met with Kyari at the gates of the presidential villa.
Kyari later told journalists that the president has summoned Solomon Dalung, minister of sports, and Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, over the issue.
“The problem has been resolved. They have done us proud and we congratulated them.
“The ministries of sport and finance have been ordered to pay them tomorrow. I don’t know the details of the arrears but they have been directed to pay.”