From Everest Ezihe, Owerri
Following the poor performances of Heartland Football Club of Owerri and an unending internal wrangling, the supporters Club has advised Governor, Hope Uzodinma on the urgent need to audit the club’s accounts.
Apparently reacting to the team’s Media Director, Solomon Onu, who in a radio programme recently said that the management used the players’ December salaries to execute league games, the supporters’ club Vice Chairman, Prince Stephen, who was shocked at Onu’s defence implored the government to appoint auditors to look into the club’s finances considering this as the major strategic means of restoring discipline, sanity and confidence into
Stephen disclosed this while addressing Sports Journalists in Owerri on why some of his members are aggrieved with the club.
It is important to recall that Onu, in his defence, had claimed the management executed league games with N3 million in the three extra fixtures during the period amounting to N9 million, while asserting that the monthly bill of the club is N17 million.
The Supporter’s Club chieftain demanded to know what the balance of N21 million was used for. He also queried why the feeder team that was supposed to get N3m a month from the monthly allocation as directed by the state government had not been paid in the last seven months,
According to him “As supporters of Heartland FC, we are calling on the governor to appoint auditors to look into the accounts of the club in the last eight months to find out how the first N45 million given to the management to recruit players and N15 million released for two weeks camping in Nanka, Anambra State, where the club spent only three days, were spent, and what happened to the salaries of the sacked 15 players and workers salaries for November and who has been collecting the salaries of the general manager in the last six months.
We also want investigation into the auto crash involving the main team and officials in Uyo, which was blamed on the slashing of the drivers’ allowance before the trip,” he pleaded.
Stephen also alleged that the state government is unnecessarily being blackmailed, stressing that the Supporter’s were aware that government gave out the first set of N45 million and another N15 million before the players were sacked.
He further advised the media director to jettisoned being economical with the truth noting that most Imo people are aware of happenings in the club.