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

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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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Sports Ministry To Hold Maiden U-18 Basketball Championships

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The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has concluded arrangements to hold the maiden edition of the Nigeria U-18 Basketball Championships in the country, with a view to ensuring more youth participation in sports, especially in the game of basketball.

In a press statement issued by the Director of Press public relations, Mohammed Manga  revealed that

the competition which targets youth at the grassroots will commence with zonal elimination amongst the 36 States of the Federation and FCT between May 27 – 30, 2022 after which winners and first runners-up emerging from the zones will proceed to Abuja for the finals coming up between June 3 and 8, 2022.

The Ministry called on State Governments to ensure active participation of students and youth in the games  so as to build  talent development which will go a long way in curbing youth restiveness in the country. 

It commends President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for its commitment to the development of grassroots sports in the country and assured that it will continue to provide enabling environment for the full implementation of government policies, projects and programmes  in line with the policy thrust of the present administration especially as it relates to youth and sports development.

The Ministry in the coming weeks will role out programs on Grassroots Basketball Development with specific focus on Organisation of Basketball Leagues (both Male and Female, including sponsorship), Development of home based coaches with coaching clinics, with scientific approach to the Game of Basketball, seminars, workshops, development of the Referees in line with international standards, encouragement of Basketball Academy in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria, working with retired Nigerian basketball stars and active professionals, among others.

Government wishes to also restate its commitment to the support and encouragement of Community Basketball Competitions in the country.

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