The Federal Government, on Thursday said it had not forgotten the children of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who died in June. The government has promised to invest in them as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approved the fund.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, stated this on Thursday in Asaba, Delta State, when he visited the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa to solicit the state’s support for the National Youth Games which comes up on September 22. Dalung said the government could not do much during the burial ceremony owing to paucity of funds.
Keshi, who died in June 2016, at 54 was also a former Eagles captain and won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and a coach.
Dalung said the government would elaborately do the investment once funds were available to cover up for the lapses recorded during the burial ceremony held in the state.
He said, “Of course, we had the challenge of the paucity of funds which even characterised our preparation for the Olympics. When we are able to get funds approved for us we could be investing in the children and the family because the man has gone but left a very great family.
“Whatever the Federal Government approves would be invested so that it can sustain them instead of going to organise a burial for people to come eat and drink. That was the wisdom.”
The minister commended the state government for shouldering the expenses during Keshi’s final burial ceremonies.
Dalung said Okowa responded positively to why he was in the state adding “to our advocacy to support, encourage and sustain grassroots sports development through the instrumentality of the National Youth Games.”