The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Minister, Sunday Dare, has commended Total E&P Nigeria Ltd’s commitment towards the Development of Basketball as well as the Nigerian Youths.
Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday during the signing of the Memorandum of understanding between the Nigeria Baskeball Federation and Total E&P Nigeria Ltd,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 to the development of the sports of Basketball in Nigeria,” Dare said.
“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. I must comnend the board 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.”
The Minister urged the board to continue to excel in order to bring more laurels to Nigeria as 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,” he said.
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