Ajayi Olubode, Head Coach of Ekiti Table Tennis Association (ESTTA) on Tuesday advised the state government to consider permanent welfare packages for outstanding players in the state.
Olubode said in Lagos that such packages were necessary following the state players achievements in major national and international table tennis championships.
He said that the introduction of welfare packages would also go a long way to encourage the players to do more for the state and the country at a large.
“Our commitment to talent discovery and consistent training have produced competent players that have participated in various championships and brought honour to Ekiti and the country at large.
“Most of these players are still young and need all the motivation from the state government in order to identify with their successes as well as retaining them.
“Such welfare should be considered in the areas of employment and sustainable monthly allowances which will avoid losing them to poachers, especially during major national championships,” he said. (NAN)