The League Management Company (LMC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have met in Abuja with a resolve to collaborate in seeking ways of ensuring better working conditions to secure welfare of players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The resolution was reached during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the TUC led by its President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama to the Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko.
The TUC president commended the LMC for repositioning the NPFL and by extension Nigeria football through the adoption of policies that has led to improved welfare of football players and coaches.
He said the implementation of documented contracts for players is one policy that has ensured that players’ entitlement cannot be denied and gave the assurance that “the TUC is willing to support the LMC in reaching all state governments whose clubs are indebted to the players and coaches to resolve the such pending matter”.
While responding, Dikko thanked the TUC president and his delegation for the visit. He said that the LMC was open to the joint venture initiatives with the labour centre that will see to improved welfare of players and coaches.
The LMC chairman went further to reiterate the league body’s commitment to work with the players union, NANPF in establishing a social security scheme such as pension funds and insurance for players and coaches.
Accompanying the TUC president on the visit were Francis Olabode Johnson, President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), Aliyu Musa , Chairman TUC FCT Council, Anka, Head of the TUC Liaison Office FCT, and the President and General Secretary of NANPF, Dahiru Sadi and Austin Popo.