News Sports ministry writes NFF, demands welfare plans for players

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Sports ministry writes NFF, demands welfare plans for players

News Sports ministry writes NFF, demands welfare plans for players

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, on has turned the heat on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) saying football in the country is going backward.

Following the recent intervention of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, by way of giving financial and material support to the families of former Nigeria internationals, the Ministry has written the NFF and mandated it to come up with a welfare plans for players.

In a letter dated May 11th, signed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Gabriel Aduda, the President of the NFF Mr. Amaju Pinnick was directed to furnish the Ministry with its plans for welfare assistance to players.

“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 #30,000. 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 athletes of your Federation, as well as welfare scheme for families of ex-internationals, the sick and injured athletes.” the Sports Ministry’s letter to the NFF reads in part.

The letter is expected to stir up the NFF to action following wide outcry over the poor welfare of most ex-players and their families.

It can be recalled that the Sports Minister had offered financial and material support to the mothers of Rashidi Yekini, Samuel Okwaraji and late quartermiler Sunday Bada.

He also pledged to pay them monthly allowance, as well offset their hospital bills any time they have health challenge.

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