This Day (Lagos)

27 December 2012

Nigeria: Maigari Inaugurates NPL Management Committee

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated the 2012/2013 Premier League Management

Committee, charging the committee to strive to "quickly and conclusively" resolve all lingering issues in the Premier League before the commencement of the 2012/2013 League season.

He said: "For avoidance of doubt, this is a national assignment of no mean significance. The management of the top tier of the domestic League of any country has serious consequences for that nation's football.

"None of the National Teams can be said to have been composed without players from the domestic league, and even those who play overseas start from the home front."

Commending the members for accepting to serve the nation, Maigari added: "Certainly, each member of the 2012/2013 Premier League Management

Committee has been carefully chosen, based on quality of experience, broad-mindedness, capacity, proven ability, painstaking virtues, love of the game and diligence and dedication.

"Importantly, let me add that whatever issues have to sorted out must be done in line with rules and regulations, equity and good conscience. The nation is bigger than any single individual or corporate body, and it is the interest of the nation that we are talking about here."

In his response, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Nduka Irabor said it was an honour to be called to serve the nation, and pledged that the members would do their utmost best to redress all issues hindering the development of the Premier League.

Also on the committee is former Super Eagles Captain, Kanu Nwankwo; a former secretary of the league, Salihu Abubakar; Lagos FA Chairman, Seyi Akinwunmi; a sports marketing expert, Shehu Dikko; former NTA and Globacom official, Modele Sharafa-Yusuf; General Manager of Ondo State Football Agency, Mike Idoko; and six others. NPL's Administrator, Tunji Babalola, is secretary of the committee.

The committee's terms of reference include: (i) Organise the 2012/2013 League;( ii) Review all contractual obligations of the NPL, including TV and Sponsorship rights; (iii) Develop strategy and facilitate the reform of the League towards achieving profitability; (iv) Review existing rules and guidelines for the election into NPL Board and (v), Develop new standards for players' contracts and welfare.

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