*We are tired of being dribbled
National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) has demanded the League Management Company (LMC) to release its statutory funds without further delay.
The demand for the release of monies due the union following promises made by the LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko since February 2017 which is yet to be fulfilled has become necessary to enable the Union meet its statutory responsibilities of addressing issues of players welfare and other related matters.
It should be recalled that on several occasions and instances the LMC Chairman has failed to fulfil his promises to the union, with all kinds of excuses, amongst which includes the issue of harmonisation of the two factions of the players bodies as a pre-condition for the disbursement of the Union statutory fund by the LMC Chairman.
Unfortunately, after the harmonisation of the two factions of the Players Union through the process of integration of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers (NANF) into the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers ((NANPF) precisely on the 2nd of May 2017, nothing has changed.
Further more, the official signing of the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the players Union and the LMC to regulate the relations between both bodies on the governance and welfare of players matters in the league, plus the exact percentage of monies from sponsorship and other deals received by the league, due to the Players Union in line with global practice is yet to be consummated despite several meetings, agreements and interventions from major football football and Labour stakeholders, which includes the NFF President Amaju Pinnick and TUC President Bobboi Bala Kaigama.
There is no doubt the LMC Chairman’s attitude and disposition on this matter continue to showcase the impression that the LMC is doing the Union a favour and therefore, he is not compelled to fulfil whatever promises and agreement that has been reached. To say the Union activities and its primary responsibility of service delivery to players is almost paralysed is to say the least
As a body we have chosen the path of peace thus far asking for our rights as representatives of the main actors laying the eggs that is producing the resources for football and the leagues, in ensuring that the game continues to flow uninterrupted.
Unfortunately, the Chairman of the LMC has overstretched the patience of the Players union, deliberately designed to weaken and truncate the operations of the union. If not, what do you make out of a situation where both the NFF and the clubs get their shares of sponsorship monies from the LMC, except the Players Union.
While we expect the LMC to do the needful in the shortest possible time to avoid any form of Industrial unrest and disharmony, considering the implications of its negative impact on our football and the league, the Union will not hesitate to use all possible means at its disposal to fight for its rights. At this junction, we call for further intervention of the Nigeria Football Federation and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to quickly intervene on this matter. A word is enough for the wise.