In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, September, 2020

How I Turned Agbero To Survive Throughout COVID-19

How I Turned Agbero To Survive During COVID-19

Taiwo Agbaje

Taiwo Agbaje

Taiwo Agbaje, a Nationwide featherweight champion, says he has resorted to gathering toll payment from drivers on the in style Ladipo market in Lagos to outlive, within the wake of COVID-19, The PUNCH experiences.

Agbaje, popularly often called Esepo, revealed that he misplaced hundreds of thousands of naira as a consequence of inactivity following the ban positioned on boxing and different contact sports activities by the Federal Authorities.

Final month the FG lifted the ban on non-contact sports activities however insisted that contact sports activities like soccer, basketball, wrestling, boxing amongst others would stay banned till additional discover.

Agbaje, winner of the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the very best boxer at GOtv Boxing Evening 20 final December, instructed our correspondent that he turned a toll collector, popularly often called agbero, on the Ladipo market in Oshodi – the most important auto spare components market in Lagos — to make ends meet following the cruel financial situations as a consequence of lack of fights.

“Our authorities is simply being unfair to us as a result of different nations have resumed sporting actions,” Ajagbe instructed The PUNCH.


“I’ve misplaced cash operating into hundreds of thousands of naira as a result of there are a whole lot of fights I ought to have attended and I used to be assured I’d have gained as a result of I educated so arduous for them.

“However take a look at me now, I don’t have cash and may’t go into the ring. For now, I work at Ladipo market as agbero to gather cash from drivers all as a result of I need to survive.”

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Different athletes additionally pleaded with the Federal Authorities to carry the ban to ease the hardships on sportspeople.

Basketball participant, Victor Komonibo, mentioned, “It’s been robust for basketball gamers figuring out that nothing has occurred for about six months now. It’s actually robust.

“It’s humorous the FG is saying contact sports activities can’t return, but now we have political gatherings, folks go to the markets and you’ve got crowds within the banks.”

Handball participant, Yahaya Owolabi, expressed his frustrations having to search for different technique of survival.


“I see no purpose, why eateries and bars have been allowed to open and get in touch with sports activities can’t resume. We’ve not been paid for the reason that lockdown and surviving has been robust as a result of I’ve to search for one thing else to do. And belief me, that’s what different handball gamers have been going via.”

Niger Tornadoes defender, Sunday Akinmoladun, added, “I thank God for survival as a result of Niger Tornadoes are paying our salaries however idleness is killing us.”

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