NSC plans wel­fare scheme for ex-sports­men

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee Gbenga Eleg­bel­eye

The Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion (NSC) has dis­closed plans to hence­forth cater to the wel­fare of re­tired sports­men in Nigeria.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion (NSC), Gbenga Eleg­bel­eye dis­closed this in Abuja yes­ter­day, when he played host to a del­e­ga­tion of con­cerned foot­ball stake­hold­ers.

Eleg­bel­eye, who lamented the plight of ex-sports­men in the coun­try, stated that the ar­range­ment would go a long way to el­e­vate the plights of the na­tion’s elite sports states­men, most of whom have nowhere to go to af­ter their ac­tive years in sports.

“Ex-sports­men should have a pen­sion scheme like civil ser­vants which they can also fall back on af­ter re­tire­ment,” Eleg­bel­eye said.

Speak­ing fur­ther, Eleg­bel­eye said the NSC was work­ing as­sid­u­ously to har­monise the ag­grieved par­ties of foot­ball stake­hold­ers union to have a uni­fied body in or­der to cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for the sport to thrive in Nigeria.

Ac­cord­ing to him, foot­ball can only thrive un­der a healthy at­mos­phere, not­ing that court lit­i­ga­tions by var­i­ous par­ties in Nigeria foot­ball fam­ily has been a bane to sports de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try.

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