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Governor Soludo applauded for welfare initiative supporting Enugu Rangers legends



By Saheed Afolabi

Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, has received commendation from former Rangers secretary, Joe-Martins Uzodike, for his compassionate initiative to support legends of the renowned football club.

Uzodike expressed gratitude towards Governor Soludo for implementing what he described as an unprecedented welfare package for former players of the Flying Antelopes during a recent visit to the governor’s office.

The initiative includes a significant increase in the monthly stipend for the former Rangers players, rising from N15,000 to N100,000. Additionally, Governor Soludo announced the provision of free medical care for Anambra-based players at the state-owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital.

Furthermore, Governor Soludo provided financial assistance of N200,000 and a 50kg bag of rice to each of the approximately 75 visiting ex-Rangers players. Uzodike expressed his appreciation for Governor Soludo’s kindness and generosity towards these esteemed individuals.

Highlighting the historical significance of Rangers International, Uzodike emphasized the pivotal role the club and its players played in uniting the region following the civil war. He credited the former players with bringing joy to the people and helping to shape the identity of East Central Nigeria.

Governor Soludo’s welfare initiative reflects a deep appreciation for the contributions of these football legends and underscores his commitment to their well-being and dignity.

“I want to thank Gov. Chukwuma 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,” Uzodike was quoted by Daily Trust.
“Soludo increased the monthly stipend of these legends from N15,000 to N100,000. He also announced free medical care for those of them from Anambra at the state owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital.
“Soludo also gave ex Rangers players, about 75 of them, N200,000 and a 50kg bag of rice each for visiting. It has never been this good. I want to thank him for his kind gesture towards these great men.
“This is particularly interesting because Rangers Int’l was the identity of East Central after the civil war. These men brought joy to the people with the games they played, they also gave us identity.”

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