The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its committee on sport to ascertain the cause of heavy indebtedness of Nigeria football clubs and other unfair labour practices meted out on players with view to effectively resolving them. The committee is also expected to investigate the cases of failure to enforce Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) players’ arbitration decisions, which has made it impossible for many players to get paid as ordered by the Nigerian Football Federation.
The resolution is sequel to a motion sponsored by Mrs. Ayo Omidiran (APC, Kwara) during plenary on Wednesday. In her lead debate, Mrs. Omidiran noted that there have been unfolding cases of Nigerian based football experiencing unfair labour practices by many football clubs, especially at the Amateur League level.
“The unfair labour practices include refusal to pay salaries, match bonuses as agreed, lack of good medical services, denial of players’ copies of their contract”, she said.
She further explained that the negative effects of such unfair practices could hinder the development of football for social, peace, human rights and gross domestic product.
The lawmaker worried that although the Super Eagles and Falcons perform impressively at International matches, the country’s football local league which is a national pride and an alternative source of revenue is at risk of losing its credibility in the light of the aforementioned challenges.
Contributors at its debate called for the need to imbibe the sign on fees as as obtained in foreign soccer leagues. “If this league is properly handled we would have our youth that will be employed from it”, Mr. Zakari Mohammed (APC, Kwara) said.
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