By Jacob Ajom
One of the major drawbacks in the nation’s quest for a flourishing football industry is the absence of regulatory guidelines for operators in the industry.
This was the thinking of one of Nigeria’s foremost sportswriters, Mumini Alao. Presenting a paper titled Restructuring the Regulatory Framework for football as a Profitable Business in Nigeria, Alao said no business can thrive without guidelines and regulations.
Stating the case of the National Communications Commission as an example, Alao said, “for every call one makes in Nigeria, the NCC gets paid for it because it has a structure as a regulatory body that controls that sector. If appropriate regulations were in place, the Nigeria Football Federation would be in a place to benefit from the numerous football activities in the country as well.”
He therefore called for a rapid review of the laws setting up the NFF.“For now, there is no regulatory framework for football in the country,” he said, pointing out that the NFF was handicapped by existing Decree 101, the Nigeria Football Association Act.
Meanwhile, the National Sports Commission has assured organisers of the first Nigerian Interational Football Expo of its support in seeing to the implementation of whatever recommendations reached
The problems militating against the growth and development of football in Nigeria formed the basis for discourse at the first Nigerian International Football Expo held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja.