Former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sides, Lobi Stars and Akwa United head coach, Justin Tenger has appealed passionately to the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ioraer Ortom to save his life by interceding and intervening in his unpaid retirement wages.
The former Kwara United and Kano Pillars gaffer said his pension and gratuity have not been paid to him as a retired staff of the Benue State Sports Council years after he duly left service in 2012.
He lamented that his life is almost unbearable as an ambassador of the state who had coached several clubs in the land becoming the only coach from Benue state and Tiv nation to have won the Challenge Cup (now Aiteo Cup) in 1997.
“My people have dumped me completely. I am the only indigene of Benue state that won the national Challenge Cup for the state in 1997, the only Tiv man who won the national Challenge Cup.
“After which I attended Fifa Grade A Coaching Course and this happened under the expressed permission of my state office – Benue State Sports Council. I was going out on the assignment with their permission not on my own accord.
“In 2012 the Council called me to retire which I did honourably and since then I do not know what is happening, my pension is not coming, my gratuity is not coming.
“I have attended all the screening exercises, documentations and verifications, among others conducted by the Benue State Sports Council to no avail.
“I’m making a passionate appeal to my state governor, Samuel Ortom to please look into my plight with the aim of speeding up the payment of my pension and gratuity.
“Now I have completely retired from football coaching, I am in my village, Adikpo town in Benue state. I do not know how they want me to survive without my pension and gratuity being paid.
“I serve the state honourably, represented them as national coach for 25 years coaching clubs across the country. My highest honour was winning the Challenge Cup, I think that alone qualifies me to be part of whatever they are doing in sports in the state.
“I’m struggling with my life quietly in my village. Let them pay me my pension and gratuity, I am not asking for another gainful employment, I served them well, retired honourably, I think they should give me that honour now that I’m still alive,” said the former Niger Tornadoes tactician.
Tenger is a household name in the coaching profession among the top domestic league tacticians in the country.
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