Uzodike praises Soludo over N100,000 monthly allowances for Ex-Rangers Int’l players

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Joe-Martins Uzodike, former Secretary of Rangers Int’l FC of Enugu has commended Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra for his N100,000 welfare package for veteran players of the club, popularly known as Ex-Rangers.

Uzodike made the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Awka on Thursday.

He said though the state government has been catering for the welfare of Ex-Rangers, the new package approved by Soludo was unprecedented.

The former Rangers Secretary said the stipend was for every ex Rangers player irrespective of their states of origin.

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“I want to thank Soludo for first of all accepting my request that ex Rangers should come and see him and secondly, for the unprecedented lifesaving welfare package he announced.

“Soludo increased the monthly stipend of these legends from N15, 000 to N100, 000 and a free medical care for those of them from Anambra at the state owned Chukwuemeka Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital.

“This is interesting because Rangers Int’l was the identity of East Central after the civil war, these people brought joy to the people with the games they played, they also gave us identity.

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“Soludo also gave these ex Rangers Int’l players, about 75 of them, the sum of N200, 000 and 50kg bag of rice each. It has never been this good. I want to thank him for his kind gesture towards these great men,” he said.

Uzodike, a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Anambra, appreciated Soludo and called on other state governors to emulate him.

He said that Anambra had demonstrated leadership in the care of the former Rangers players.

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He said it was time other states identified legends in their domain and took good care of them while they are still alive.

“These people were great men who made us proud during their time, they led the East central people back to every part of Nigeria and Africa after the war with football.

“They deserve the best they can get while alive and I encourage other governors to borrow a leaf from Soludo,” he said.

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