Minister Lauds Total For Supporting Nigeria Basketball, Tips D’Tigers, D’Tigress For Laurels in Tokyo
By Amina Nwokedi
The minister of Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, has commended Total E&P Nigeria Ltd for its commitment towards the development of basketball as well as the youth.
Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, the minister said he was impressed by the support of the company, and urged other companies and individuals to emulate Total.
He said, “The signing of this MOU demonstrates once again the goodwill and corporate social responsibility of Total E&P Nigeria in identifying with basketball development in our country. I sincerely thank the management of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd for sponsorship of the National Division 1 & 2 Men’s Basketball Leagues, which indicates a clear commitment in the development of the sports of basketball in Nigeria. The present board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation under the leadership of Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida has made Nigeria proud with great achievements at both national and international levels.”
“I must commend the board of the Nigeria 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 in their international performance. I urge the board to continue in order to bring more laurels to Nigeria, exemplified by the fact that for the first time in the history of basketball, Nigeria has qualified for both the male and female national teams for the forthcoming Olympic Games scheduled to hold in Japan next year. I’m confident that Nigeria would do well at the Olympics next year. For now, basketball is my number one sport, ” the minister added.
Speaking at the event, the managing director, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Mike Sangster said the company was committed to basketball and youth development in Nigeria, hence the sponsorship of the national leagues. and announced a N150 million five years sponsorship deal.
NBBF president, Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida thanked the Total E & P for its unrelenting support towards the development of basketball in Nigeria while adding that the company’s support has put in the right pedestal to get the players and technical crew to the right place.
“You have really removed a lot of burden from the federation through your relentless efforts to reposition sports,” the NBBF boss said.
Kida assured that the sponsorship would outlive his tenure. “Whether i win the next election or not, this sponsorship would be completely handed over to whoever becomes the next President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation. This is not about me or anyone, but the total development of Nigerian Basketball and our youth”