Eric Jerry – Chief Executive Officer of lower-tier side Tema City – is urging Government of Ghana to put Premier and Division One Leagues players on Nation Builders Corps(NABCO) and Youth Empoyment Agency(YEA) programmes till football resumes.
The ‘NABCO programme is a government initiative to address graduate unemployment to solve social problems while the YEA has been established to empower young people to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the nation.’
However, according to Eic Jerry, it will reduce the burden on the clubs with regards to payment of the salaries of the players in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of the novel disease has caused the Ghana Premier League and the Lower Divisions leagues to be on suspension since mid-March this year.
Clubs have struggled to pay players monthly salaries and others do not even pay their players at all. This is because external revenue have been cut due to the halted football activities.
Eric believes putting the players on those government agencies would lessen the financial constraints.
“I want to suggest that the government should put the Premier and Division 1 league players on NABCO or National Youth and Employment till football resume to support the various clubs,” he told Footydreamsgh.com
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected clubs financially and if they are paid something through those agencies it will ease the pressure on the clubs.”
The hierarchy of the Ghana Football Association has written to government for financial support for the clubs but it not been approved.
However, the GFA is confident that they will receive stimulus package from the government to assist the clubs.