Nigeria Sports Ministry directs NFF to setup players welfare program

Mr Sunday Dare[Minister of Sports], Amaju Pinnick [NFF President] and Shehu Dikko[LMC chairman].
(Left to right)

The Minister of Youth and Sports development, Sunday Dare, has directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to set up a viable plan that will take care of players’ welfare.
This directive was given in a letter signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and dated May 11, 2020.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the kind gesture of extending support to the families of our fallen heroes in following the lead of the Ministry to pledge the monthly payment of N30,000.

“I wish to further request you to provide information on the welfare scheme (package) put in place by your management to enhance productivity and motivate the welfare of staff and players of your federation, as well as welfare scheme for families of ex-internationals, the sick and injured athletes,” the letter read.

Nigeria Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare had earlier made donations to the the mothers of three ex internationals, Rashidi Yekini, Sunday Bada and Samuel Okwaraji.

Read: Remembering Nigeria’s most lethal striker, Rashidi Yekini.
He also promised to pay them monthly allowance and cover their medical bill when the need arises.

NFF pledge to support the ministry of Youth and Sports development to provide support for the families of ex-players

The Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] in turn pledged to support the initiative by the Minister of Youth and Sports development with the sum of 30,000 naira monthly.

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If properly implemented, the program should provide a template for handling  players welfare in Nigeria.
Another initiative that could provide support for players and their families is the proposed NFF foundation that was scheduled to kick start this year, but talks regarding it have gone cold.
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