The Chairman of Nigeria Table Tennis Umpires and Referees Association , Olufemi George , presented a Cheque of Two hundred and fifty thousand naira to the family of Late Umpire Saidi Raji , who died on the seventh of February from prostate cancer .
In attendance during the presentation ceremony is the Secretary of the Association , Mr Sanya Afisu , the Assistant Secretary , Mr Samson Shoyomi , the Ex-officio , Mrs Sahde Akinlotan , and the representatives of the Lagos State Chapter , Mr Segun Adedokun and Mr Okunola Lawal .
In his presentation Speech , OluFemi George , said the deceased is a passionate and committed member of the Association .
“ Saidi Raji was one of us before he passed on to glory , he played his part when he was alive , He is a committed and intelligent umpire .
While he was alive , We took a bold decision as an association to put up a group life insurance cover with ARM Insurance , he was one of the front runner ,who came to me to appreciate the policy promising that he would encourage others to partake , not knowing that he would be the first beneficiary . Today his family are here to receive the benefit ‘’ .
Saidi Raji, a former table tennis player , who joined the Association in 2008 is married to Former National Table Tennis Player, Ganiyat Erinmilokun .
the Chairman further stated that the insurance benefit is the first of its kind and that the parent body , Nigeria Table Tennis Federation should follow the same path to ensure that Nigeria Table Tennis Players ,coaches gets insured .
In the company of their eldest son , Abdulwaris Raji , while receiving the chegue , Ganiyat , in a sober mood but elated by the kind gesture of the association , said that she is happy that the association she is reluctantly a member is presenting an insurance benefit to her because of the active involvement of her late husband .
Late Siadi Raji and Ganiyat Erinmilokun are blessed with three sons .