The League Management Company (LMC) says seven other clubs have been certified to have met requirements on minimum wage for players following their submission of proof of salary payment document as directed by the league body.
As at close of business on Friday, the seven clubs that received clearance as at close of business on Friday include Heartland, Sunshine Stars, Enyimba International and Warri Wolves. Others are El-Kanemi Warriors, Rangers International and Lobi Stars.
Chief Operating Officer of LMC, Salihu Abubakar who disclosed this also announced that the three clubs, namely Kano Pillars, Abia Warriors and Bayelsa United that were earlier certified to have met the proof of compliance have now been paid the second installment of the Basic Award.
All the 20 Clubs of the Glo Premier League had at the start of the season received N10m each from the LMC as the first installment of the Basic Award and the LMC had said they could receive more in the course of the season if they are found to have complied with requirements. The LMC has also been paying an enhanced honorarium of all match officials covering their hotel accommodation and travel costs which represents additional expenses the league body relieved the clubs from since the 2012/13 season.
Abubakar said other clubs will also receive their Basic Award as soon as comprehensive verification of their document is completed. “We have created these procedures to protect players from the previous tales of unpaid salary arrears and will be working with the clubs to ensure overall improvement of players’ welfare”, remarked the LMC official.
Gombe United, Sharks and Giwa FC submitted documents that showed they were not paying players the NPFL minimum wage of N150, 000 and were thus not certified.