Jerry Okorodudu, an ex-Nigerian boxer and coach, has revealed how he struggled to feed his family before the sports ministry came to his rescue by paying his outstanding three-month salary allowance after two-years.
In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, the Olympian and former national boxing coach, was in serious need of financial assistance for surgery in August, before the sports Minister Sunday Dare came to offer help.
The sports minister also promised to pay the salaries owed to Jerry after being disengaged by the sports ministry in 2018.
“The three months allowance I was owed by the ministry was paid into my account on Tuesday afternoon. The amount paid is N300,000,”
“I have a club where I train boxers at the National Stadium in Lagos, but the money I make there is not enough to take care of my family.
“For a very long time, my wife has been taking care of the family. She sells mattresses and materials at Ketu/Mile 12 market.
“The only person that has been of help to me all these years is the president of the boxing federation, Kenneth Minimah, who pays N200,000 for my house rent yearly.
“I am not happy with the way the government is treating ex-boxers. When you’re no longer representing the country, no one cares about you.”