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STATUTES OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS (NANPF)

The Constitution of: National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, an association having its corporate seat in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja (Nigeria).

RULE 1 – Name, Registered Office and Applicable Law.

1. The Association bears the name: National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers. The Association shall also use by way of abbreviation the name NANPF.

2. NANPF registered address/headquarters shall be No. 11 Moses Majekodunmi Street, besides Golden Astoria Hotel Utako Federal Territory Abuja and may only be transferred to another location following resolution passed by the National Executive Council.

3. In furtherance of its objects, the NANPF may establish and maintain other offices in any part of the country subject to the approval of NEC

RULE 2 – OBJECTIVES

1. To increase the solidarity amongst professional football players within and outside Nigeria.

2. To pursue and defend the rights of Nigeria Professional Footballers including the right to:-

3. Social legitimacy and suitable legal and fiscal status.

4. A dignified and honorable existence.

5. Chose a function or job.

6. Insurance against the risks involved in the practice of competitive sports.

7. Education and training.

8. Participate in all negotiations and the preparation of all texts, acts, guidelines and preparations as well as the distribution of budgets and the allocation of funds or allowances that are the direct or indirect result of their professional performance or activities.

9. Organize for the stability of the profession.

10. A reasonable income from their professional activities.

11. A complete agreement with member’s contract as well as the fullest independence since this is Prerequisite for obtaining independent results in competitive sports.

12. Insurance and protection of member’s individual rights.

13. To combine the knowledge of activities of the members and focus on the general interest and the direct or indirect promotion of the professional interest of its members.

14. To promote integrity, ethics and fair play with a view of preventing all method of practices, such as corruption, breach of player’s contract, doping or match manipulation, which might jeopardize the integrity of football.

RULE 3 – MEMBERSHIP

1 Membership shall be open to all Nigerian registered active footballers, ex-Players forum or All stars FC members in and outside Nigeria affiliated to the union. NANPF comprises of all Nigeria professional players both within and outside the country that accept the objectives and rules of NANPF and the obligation thereof, and are accepted as members of NANPF

RULE 4 – FINANCE AND CHECK – OFF DUES

1. The main source of income of the NANPF shall be check- off dues, levies, donations and proceed from economic and social activities.

2. NANPF activities are financed through the following sources:

a. Membership monthly/annual dues

b. Voluntary contributions, Grants from Governments, FIFA, FIFPRO, NFF, League Bodies NSC etc.

c. A share in the organization receipts from Sponsorship, Endorsement and Television Rights monies from the leagues and the Football Federation etc.

d. Loans from banks and financial institutions.

e. Any other activities consistent with its objectives or concerning the protection of the rights of players or similar activities as defined

RULE 5 – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS (NANPF) AND ITS ORGANS, CONSTITUTION AND

1. This document, as it may from time to time be amended, shall be known as the CONSTITUTION of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF).

2. The constitution shall be deemed to be the basis of the contract among the members to establish and run NANPF.

3. No new rule shall be made or any rule altered, or amend or rescinded unless agreed by a simple majority vote in a secret ballot at the National Delegates Conference of the NANPF,

4. Subject to the overriding authority of the Constitution, any State Council shall have the power to make supplementary rules for the smooth conduct of its operation within its jurisdiction. No supplementary rules shall be valid until it is approved by the National Executive Council.

5. Where any supplementary rule contradict or derogates from or is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, such rule shall to extent be regarded as null, void and of no effect.

6. A member shall have the right to initiate action at its own expense in connection with any breach of the provisions of this Constitution.

7. The Constitution and Government of the NANPF shall be vested in the following organs

a. National Delegate Conference (NDC)

b. National Executive Council (NEC)

c. National Administrative Council (NAC)

d. State Executive Council (SEC)

e. State Administrative Council (SAC)

RULE 6 – NATIONAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE (NDC)

The supreme authority of the Association shall be vested in the National Delegates Conference (NDC)

1. The National Delegate Conference shall be comprised of:

a. Members of the National Administrative Council (NAC)

b. Chairmen and Secretaries of the State Councils.

c Accredited delegates of Clubs Captains or their representatives of NPFL, NNL, NWPFL, zonal reps of captains in the Nation wide league one, Clubs.

2. The National Delegate Conference shall be held quadrennial on a date and venue to be decided by the NEC.

3. To be eligible for nomination and election as a delegate to the conference, candidates/delegate must come from the Union i.e. in good financial standing: owing not more than three months before the delegate conference.

4. The names of nominated delegates shall be forwarded to the General Secretary of NANPF

5. Voting at the conference shall be by secret ballot.

6. Only the principal officers (NAC) Chairmen of State Executives only, and accredited Clubs Captains mentioned in rule 6 (1c) shall exercise the right to vote at the conference.

7. Special Delegate Conference may however be held at such times and places as may be directed by a resolution of a simple majority of the National Executive Council (NEC)

8. The National Executive Council (NEC) shall have powers to deal summarily with any complaint arising from composition of the delegates to the conference.

9. The President shall preside over the conference and in his absence the 1st vice president, or the 2nd vice president or any person appointed by a majority of the delegates present and voting.

10. The National Executive Council (NEC) by this constitution is empowered to make supplementary rules (standing orders) for the delegate conference and all such rules so made shall have the force of law as if it were made in this constitution.

RULE 7 – POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE (NDC)

1. The NDC shall have powers over all matters concerning the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF). It shall delegate powers and responsibilities to the NEC.

2. The NDC shall have powers to set up commissions and committees for special purposes and shall in session receive reports from the commissions or the committees.

3. The NDC shall receive and debate the secretarial reports from the General Secretary and the Financial Reports including audit accounts reports of the preceding four (4) years from the National Treasurer.

4. The NDC shall receive and deliberate on motions submitted by members and shall adopt or amend or reject the motion as it deems fit.

5. The conference in session shall have powers to make laws or amend the constitution.

6. The NDC shall elect National Officers of the Association.

7. In the absence of the President the 1st vice President or the 2nd vice president at conference in session, or the delegates shall elect from among themselves a chairman to preside over the session provided that a quorum is formed.

8. The NDC shall meet once in every four years on a date and at a venue that shall be fixed by the NEC.

9. The National Executive Council (NEC) shall have power to postpone the NDC in special circumstances. The postponement shall not exceed a period of three months

10. All National Officers of the Association shall be elected at the NDC except appointed officers.

RULE 8 – NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC)

1. Composition: The National Executive Council (NEC) shall be comprised of:

a. The President

b. 1st and 2nd Vice President

c. Treasurer

d. Financial Secretary

e. Two (2) Internal Auditors

f. Three (3) Trustees

g. Public Relations Officer

h. Ex-Officio

i. General Secretary

J Deputy General Secretary

K. Five (5) Assistant Secretaries

L. Legal Adviser

M State Chairmen and Secretaries

2. Power and Functions of National Executive Council (NEC) shall be as follows:

a. Direct the affairs of the Association and execute its policies and decisions and programmes. It shall delegate powers and responsibilities to the National Administrative Council (NAC)

b. Approve the annual budgets and administer the funds of the Association.

c. The NEC shall grant loan or financial assistance to any member organization, agency of the association or any other organization in Nigeria or abroad.

d. Raise fund for special purposes and if necessary impose levy on members.

e. Maintain fraternal relationship with other Trade Unions, or and organizations abroad with a view to securing fair legislations, worker friendly international policy, convention, recommendations and united actions.

f. If deemed necessary NEC shall convene Special Delegate Conference.

g. Constitute/Reconstitute adhoc and standing committees to help it discharge its functions.

h. On the recommendation of National Administrative Council (NAC) approve the appointment of full time and part time officers of the Association.

i. Pronounce and effect appropriate disciplinary actions after fair trial against any erring appointed or elected officer whose misconduct is established by the association at its own instance or at the instance of NAC.

J. Interpret the provision of this constitution whenever required.

K. Deliberate on and approve programmes of actions designed by NAC.

L. Settle intra and inter Association dispute.

m. Receive and consider committee reports.

n. Prepare a comprehensive report on all activities of the association to the next association in session.

o. Promote united action of the Trade Union Movement on matters of interest to the working class.

p. In the case of a vacancy in the national elected position, NEC shall fill such vacancy in acting capacity only.

q. In absence of any member of the presidency, the Council in session shall elect from its members a chairman to preside at the particular session provided a quorum is formed.

r. When necessary, constitute a committee to review or recommend amendment(s) to the constitution of the association for the consideration of the conference in session.

s The NEC shall meet once in six months on dates and venue to be decided by the previous meetings of the NAC or

t An extraordinary emergency meeting of NEC maybe summoned by the General Secretary in consultation with the Presidency.

u A national officer whether elected or appointed removed by the NEC shall stand removed until the Delegate Conference decides otherwise.

RULE 9 – NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL NAC)

1. Composition: – There shall be a National Administrative council (NAC) that shall be composed of the following;

a. The President

b.1st and 2nd Vice Presidents

c. Treasurer

d. Financial Secretary

e. Two (2) Internal Auditors

f. Three (3) Trustees

g. Public Relations Officer

h. Ex-officio

i. General secretary

j. Deputy General secretary

K. Five (5) Assistant Secretaries

L Legal Adviser

2. Powers and functions of NAC

a. It shall serve the conference in session. The National Executive Council (NEC), the national Administrative Council (NAC) and any ad-hoc committee set up by the National Executive Council (NEC) or the National Administrative Council (NAC)

b. To respond to issues of interest and to make known the positions of the Association with a view to protecting the interest of members and the nation.

c. It shall in- between meetings of the NAC take necessary measures/decisions in pursuit of the objectives of the Association and reports same to the NEC.

d. The National Administrative Council (NAC) shall decide the date of its meeting or its meeting can be summoned by the General Secretary after consultation with the President.

e. In the absence of the of the President and his/her Vice Presidents at a meeting, the National Administrative Council (NAC) shall have the power to elect from its members a Chairperson to preside at the particular meeting provided the quorum is formed.

f. The National Administrative Council (NAC) shall meet at least once every 3 months

g. The quorum of the National Administrative Council (NAC) shall be 2/3 of its members.

h. Consider and approve the annual budget of the Association.

i. The National Administrative Council (NAC) SHALL FIX THE DATE OF ITS NEXT MEETING. A MEETING OF THE NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MAY HOWEVER BE SUMMONED BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY IN CONSULTATION WITH THE PRESIDENT.

j. The NAC shall have the power to take disciplinary measures against any erring member and such member shall have the right to appeal to the NEC and the delegates conference.

k. whenever the need arises, the NEC shall dissolve and set up
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