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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has  commended Total E&P Nigeria Ltd for their  commitment towards the Development  of Basketball as well as the Youth.

Speaking  in Lagos on Tuesday  during the signing  of the Memorandum of understanding  between  the Nigeria  Basketball Federation  and Total E&P Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Dare said he was impressed  by the support of the company, even as he urged other companies  and individuals  to emulate Total."


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 Nigerian  Basketball Federation under the leadership  of Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida has made Nigeria proud with great achievements  at both National and international levels.

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I must commend 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  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 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 sport"


Speaking at the event, The Managing  Director of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd Mr. Mike Sangster said the company was committed  to basketball and youth development in Nigeria, hence the sponsorship of the  National leagues.

He announced a #150 Million  five years sponsorship. In the same vein, President of the Nigerian Basketball Federation  Engineer Ahmadu Musa Kida said" I want to sincerely thank you for your unrelenting support towards the development of Basketball. Your support has put us in the right pedestal to get our players and technical  crew to the right place.


You have really removed a lot of burden  from the Federations through your relentless efforts to reposition sports"
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"

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