Kogi Assembly Faults Sack of Kogi United Chief Coach

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The Kogi House of Assembly on Friday declared the termination of Chief Coach of Kogi United Football Club, Ishaya Jatau, as wrongful.


The assembly also ordered that his entitlements should be paid immediately.


The House made the resolution at a plenary following the adoption of the report of an ad-hoc committee set up to look into a petition by Jatau, alleging wrongful termination of appointment by the club’s management.


The Chairman of the committee and the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Matthew Kolawole, who read the report, noted that the coach was appointed in 2016 on a monthly salary of N150,000 and signing fee of N1 million per annum.


He said that the coach was paid the signing fee for 2016 only, and that he worked until March, 2017 when his appointment was terminated through a radio announcement,


He said that 2017 was another session for which Jatau ought to be paid.


The majority leader said that the appointment was unjustly terminated without payment of signing fee and one month salary in lieu of notice.


He remarked that Kogi Football Association was working as an independent body to the extent that it could hire and fire without recourse to the state Ministry of Youths and Sports to which the club had been relocated.


The committee, he said, ‘strongly’ recommended that Jatau should be paid his entitlements including 2017 signing fee of N1 million and one month salary (150,000) in lieu of notice.


“This is because the terms of appointment stipulate that the appointment is subject to termination upon one month salary payment in lieu of notice.


“This was not adhered to in the termination letter. Therefore, the chief coach is legally entitled to his remuneration,” he said.


Alfa Momoh-Rabiu (APC-Ankpa II), who moved a motion for adoption of the report, said that there was the need follow due process at all times.


He was seconded by Musa Jimoh Omiata (APC-Yagba-East).


The Speaker, Umar Imam, announced the adoption of the report and upheld the recommendation of the committee.


He urged the management of the club to adhere to laid down administrative procedures.



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