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Dare Inaugurates Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has inaugurated the newly elected Board Members of the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation with a view to creating more opportunities for youth with disabilities to excel in the field of sports.

Dare who inaugurated the Board on Monday in his office at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja stated that the constitution of the Board is also part of efforts aimed at actualizing the mandate of the recently established National Sports Festival and Para-sports Department (NSF & PS) by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to provide room for youth with disabilities to also showcase their sporting talents to the world.

Represented by the Director, Federations and Elites Athletes Department (FEAD) of the Ministry, Dr Simon Ehbojiaye, the Minister said that para-sports is one of the games that has brought Nigeria global recognition in the field of sports through their podium performances at various international competitions.

He restated Federal Government’s commitment to reinvigorating the sports sector in line with the progressive agenda of engaging and empowering  the teeming Nigerian youth, especially those with disabilities so as to enhance wealth creation and self reliance.

“It should be placed on record that the determination to constitute a new Board for Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation shows the commitment of the Federal Government to reinvigorating the sports sector in line with the progressive agenda of engaging and empowering  the teeming Nigerian youth for wealth creation”, he added.

The Minister stated further that “since the inception of the present Administration, there has been a paradigm shift in the management of Sports and it has remained a veritable tool for National cohesion, peace, progress and National diplomacy, both in Nigeria and all over the world”
He therefore called on the newly elected Board Members to avail themselves with the Rules guiding the operations of the Federation.

Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, urged the new Board Members to work as a team  in order to enjoy commendable successes for the Federation.

Represented by the Acting Director, National Sports Festival and Para-sports Department (NSF & PS),  Mrs.Tecla Opara, the Permanent Secretary assured that the Ministry will continue to create an enabling environment for the implementation of government policies,  programmes and initiatives in the country especially as it relates to Sports and Youth.

Responding, the President, Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Mr. Oluseyi Johnson commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to sports development,and  Para-sports in particular.

He thanked the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, Permanent Secretary Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as well as the Top Management of the Mnistry for the opportunity given to them to serve.

Mr Johnson assured that the Board will work assiduously to ensure the country records more podium appearances in all competitions.

Other members of the Board inaugurated are: Prof. Olubayo Faturegun, Iyedirin  Felix, Feluma Venco, Lawani Sani Ado, Ibe Ike, Keshinro Adebayo, Para  Eloghebe, Akinde Tony, Dr Collins Aribamikan, and Popoola Babatunde.

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IMC Seals Super Six TV Rights Deal With Super Sports



The Interim Management Committee (IMC), which is charged with the responsibility of organizing the 2022/23 the Abridged Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has struck a deal to put all matches in the upcoming Super Six in Lagos on television.

The deal with Supersport a stable of Multichoice, an South Africa-based cable satellite television giants, is the latest heartwarming news coming from the IMC, which has in less than 12 months done a lot to revive the fortunes of the once moribund league.

Speaking with immediately after the deal was sealed, IMC Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye could not hide his joy at the landmark achievement.

We have just concluded with Superport to cover the Super 6, it is a cheering news. The players will get an International recognition again, all the matches will be televised live and that will held a great deal in showcasing our league not just in Sub-Saharan Africa, but the globe at large”, the IMC boss said.

He added that televising the matches will also ensure better and fair officiating, as the referees would be put on their toes and challenged to give their very best in terms of officiating, better than what they did in the regular season.  

“It was not easy to reach an agreement, but we did all we could. We went forth and back and we finally came to an agreement”.

It is the hope of the IMC that after all these efforts, the best team wins the league, and the country will have worthy representatives in the two CAF organized Inter-Club Championships, next season.

Bendel Insurance of Benin, Remo Stars of Ikenne, Enyimba of Aba from Group A; and the Pool B trio of Rivers United (the holders), Lobi Stars of Makurdi, and Sunshine Stars of Akure are the six teams to feature at the Super Six; from July 3rd, 2023 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, in Onikan Lagos

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