Lagos - Bukonla Olisa, a Grade One referee of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and the Nigeria Women Professional League (NWPL) on Wednesday urged sponsors to support referees with life insurance policy.
Olisa told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that sponsors of competitions should also provide additional welfare and insurance policy for the referees, to enhance their performance.
``One of the problems facing the league is security and welfare. There are some matches you officiate in, and fans would attack the officials, there should be some form of compensation.
``For me, I think we need an insurance scheme in case of injury or sudden death. It is mandatory that match officials are well catered for, to ensure officials were not easily bribed by the clubs.
``Security agents are now being spotted in venue of the league, but how can one or two security men protect officials from the hundreds of fans?,'' she asked.
The NWPL official urged the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) to sponsor courses for officials, saying that constant training was essential to the development of any organisation.
``We also need training to help us develop better. I am not saying there are no courses, but they are usually organised by FIFA.
``I am appealing that there should be more of such courses by the NFA,'' Olisa said.