OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on sports to ascertain the cause of heavy indebtedness of Nigerian football clubs and unfair labour practices meted out on players with view to effectively resolving them.
The committee is also expected to probe 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 federation.
These resolutions ars sequel to a motion sponsored by Mrs. Ayo Omidiran (APC, Osun) during plenary on Wednesday.
In her lead debate, Mrs. Omidiran noted that there have been unfolding cases of Nigerian footballers experiencing unfair labour practices by many 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 purposes.
The lawmaker expressed worries 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 to the debate called for the need to imbibe the practice of sign on fees as as obtains in foreign soccer leagues.
“If this league is properly handled we would have our youths that will be employed from it”, Mr. Zakari Mohammed (APC, Kwara) said.