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NPFL Mgt. seeks improved welfare packages, salaries for players

Posted : 09 May 2024

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The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has unveiled its intentions to raise the minimum wage of players within the league, transitioning from the current N150,000 to an undisclosed amount, commencing from the upcoming season. This announcement was made by the NPFL Chairman, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye, during a live radio program broadcasted from Lagos.

Elegbeleye highlighted the necessity of reevaluating the players' salaries in light of the prevailing economic conditions in Nigeria. He emphasized the league's unwavering dedication to the welfare of its players, expressing concern over the lamentable reality that some clubs persist in remunerating players below the established N150,000 minimum wage standard.

"The minimum salary for NPFL players is currently set at N150,000. However, it has come to our attention that certain clubs are still paying below this threshold. Some players reluctantly accept these lower wages just to secure a spot on such teams," Elegbeleye stated. 

He emphasized that the league is now requiring clubs to provide detailed documentation of player payments as part of the licensing process. This initiative aims to ensure transparency and accountability, with all financial transactions conducted through official banking channels. Elegbeleye stressed the importance of accurately documenting player salaries, especially considering the evolving economic landscape in Nigeria.

"We want to be aware of any instances where clubs are paying players below N150,000. The economic climate has evolved significantly over the past five years, necessitating adjustments to our wage standards," he added.

The Chairman noted that the specifics of the new minimum wage would be unveiled during the forthcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM), underscoring the league's commitment to transparent governance and equitable treatment of its players. This decision reflects the NPFL's ongoing efforts to enhance the professional standards and overall welfare of footballers competing within the league.


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