Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has assured Nigerians that the country’s basketball teams male and female will perform well at next year’s Olympic Games in Japan.
The Minister disclosed this in Lagos during the announcement of a five year N150 million sponsorship deal by Total E&P Nigeria Ltd.
Dare said at the ceremony: ” I’m confident that Nigeria would do well at the Olympics next year. For now, basketball is my one number sport”.
The Minister who was impressed by the support of the company urged other companies and individuals to emulate Total.”
“I sincerely thank the Management of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd for sponsorship of the National Division 1 and 2 Men’s Basketball Leagues, which indicates a clear commitment to the development of the sports of Basketball in Nigeria.
“The present Board of the Nigerian Basketball Federation under the leadership of Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida has made Nigeria proud with great achievements at both national and international levels,”.
The signing of this MOU demonstrates once again the goodwill and corporate social responsibility of Total E and P Nigeria in identifying with basketball development in our country.
He commended the board of the Nigerian Basketball Federation for putting Nigeria as a leading Basketball nation in Africa and showing commitment towards continuously bringing out the best in the players and also ensuring some level of consistency at the international level.
Speaking in the same vein, President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida thanked the Minister saying :” I want to sincerely thank you for your unrelenting support towards the development of Basketball. Your support has put us on the right pedestal to get our players and technical crew to the right place,”.