Certificate presentation shows there is no faction in NBBF, says Kida
Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) President, Musa Kida has described the presentation of certificates of office to the federations’ presidents by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung as a significant event as it has clearly laid to rest who the authentic presidents of these federations are.
Presidents of the newly inaugurated National Sports Federations were on Thursday last week in Abuja presented with certificates of office by Dalung and the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel.
The certificate presentation took place before the first official meeting with the NOC where most of the new federations’ presidents were in attendance.
Speaking on the event, Kida said: “In recent weeks, journalists have been asking for my reaction over some publications being put in the public space referring to the former president of the NBBF as the factional president. We have always maintained that there is no faction in basketball administration in Nigeria.
“Neither the Nigeria Olympic Committee nor the recent letter of the Federation of International Basketball Association FIBA provides the space for the office of a factional president of NBBF.”
Kida said the NOC meeting has confirmed their mandate and other board members of NSFs, who were elected to lead the affairs of these federations for the next four years.
“Now that the elections are over, we are already settling down to the real business of repositioning basketball in Nigeria. We are ready to work with all stakeholders for the development of the game we all love.
“The recent success of our women’s team at the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament in Mali and the quiet way we have gone about preparing their male counterparts for their Afrobasket title defence is an indication of our resolve to improve the game with the help of all stakeholders.”