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I Remain Strongly Committed To Growth Of Basketball In Nigeria – Engr. Kida

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As the basketball community in Nigeria earnestly look forward to the forthcoming elections into a new board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, one of the major stakeholders in the game has reiterated his stance and commitment to the continued growth of basketball in Nigeria.

Speaking with journalists in Lagos, the outgoing president of NBBF, Engr. Ahmadu Musa Kida stated that the present enviable status of basketball in Nigeria is enough motivation for him and any other genuinely concerned stakeholder to ensure that the upward surge of the game in the country, is not derailed.

According to him, I’m happy and glad that in the last four years of my tenure as NBBF president, the game of basketball has become the cynosure of all eyes, and of course, for all the good reasons you can think of,” Kida posited.

“The achievements of my board and our impressive scorecards are testimony of the passionate, selfless, and dedicated efforts of the board to ensure Nigeria become a global force in the game,” Kida added.

The highly regarded sports administrator and philanthropist, has continued to receive the love and appreciation of basketball lovers and indeed, the general public for spending billions of naira of his personal funds to sponsor both male and female national basketball teams to continental and global championships.

” It’s true and a public fact that on several occasions, I have had to deep into my personal funds to sponsor our national teams to participate in several championships, and to the glory of God and benefits of the country, it has helped us achieve so much in the last four years of my board,” he remarked.

Kida, who recently retired as Deputy Managing Director of Deep Waters Sector of TotalEnergies, further disclosed that he is seeking re-election as the president of NBBF for another four years, which he believes would help him and his board consolidates and improve its drives to take basketball to utopian heights.

” My seeking re-election as NBBF President is beyond personal ambitions. It is a bid to further improve and develop the game in the country. 

“The last four years of my board has equally proved that with concerted and selfless efforts, Nigeria can dominate and rule the basketball world. Imagine that the recent feats of our male and female national teams have given us the temerity to give football, a good run for its money as the country’s number one sport,” the multiple awards winning basketball boss, concluded gleefully.

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NBBF Elections :Come and Collect Your Forms, It’s Free Of Charge

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… As Electoral Committee Charge Stakeholders..
Extends Deadline For Submission

The Chairman of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF Electoral Committee Lanre Glover has advised the various Basketball stakeholders to make haste and come forward to pick their nomination forms, as submissions have been extended to 5pm on Thursday 27th January 2022.

Chairman of the NBBF Electoral Committee, Dr Lanre Glover, confirmed that the deadline for submission of the nomination form has been extended to Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 5pm.

“In view of recent developments, the NBBF Congress has authorised the Electoral Committee to extend the deadline for submission of nomination forms for the NBBF Election scheduled for 31st January 2022 to Thursday 27th January 2022”, Dr Lanre Glover said.

He however emphasised that all documents must be received by 5pm of the stated date.

The Electoral Committee Chairman stated that, completed forms and relevant documents must be sent by email to lanreglover2005@yahoo.com.
The elections will hold in Benin, Edo state as jointly agreed by the Congress of the NBBF at the Extrordinary Congress held on 9 October 2021 in Abuja.

Meanwhile, some concerned Basketball Stakeholders in Nigeria have decried moves aimed at disrupting the NBBF Elections slated for 31st January, 2022. These individuals under the aegis of a so – called Association of Ex Players, on Monday stormed the Federal Ministry of Youths & Sports threatening fire and brimstone to lead protests on the streets, if the Sports Ministry does not stop the elections.

This is coming at a time Basketball stakeholders law are heaving a sigh of relief due to the upcoming elections that will bring the game back to normalcy for the benefits of our youths, it is disheartening to watch as these individuals plan to put a cog in the wheel of our collective progress.

According to Hon Fubara Fibika a stakeholder, speaking from Portharcourt “This is an unfortunate development. Nigerian basketball is too big for a group of aggrieved individuals to hold everyone to ransome. The Honourable Minister of Sports has taken the best line of action by allowing the NBBF to conclude its Congress and Electoral Process which was put on hold, at the request of the FMY&S, after it commenced in line with the provisions of the 2019 NBBF Constitution 3 months ago.

We questioned the credentials of those involved in this anti – social behavior, which is aimed at bringing the game to disrepute in country.

The Friends of Nigerian Sports, FNS, a group of sports journalists, Stakeholders and enthusiasts States; through its Spokesman Akeem Busari queried the credibility of the so called ex-players, and asked them not to hinder the ambitions of some credible individuals willing to contest the various positions. They encouraged stakeholders to heed to the calls of the Electoral Committee to pick the Nomination Form to join the race rather resort to a tactics that is damaging to the game in the country.

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