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By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
09 June 2022   |   2:45 am
As part of activities marking the launch of the 2022 Power Forward basketball season, the National Basketball Association (NBA Africa), ExxonMobil Foundation and PanAfricare

[FILES] Basketball<br />Photo: PIXABAY

As part of activities marking the launch of the 2022 Power Forward basketball season, the National Basketball Association (NBA Africa), ExxonMobil Foundation and PanAfricare, yesterday, started touring schools in the Federal Capital territory.

The outing, which began at the Government Secondary School, Kubwa, brought together students, particularly those involved in basketball, from schools within FCT, including Government Day Secondary School, Dutse, Total Child Model School, Dutse, as well as students from the host school.
The elated students were taken through a life skills seminar handled by former NBA player, Olumide Oyedeji, after which they participated in a tree planting exercise.

The Power Forward line of activities, the organisers said, was aimed at building the capacity of the youth as part of their contributions towards sports development and a sustainable greener environment.

The Vice President, NBA Africa and Country Head, NBA Nigeria, Gbemisola Abudu, explained that the yearly programme, which is in its ninth series, is tailored to enhance the capacity of students in basketball technicalities and the curriculum for the junior NBA programme relevant for a successful career in the sport.
The programme is also aimed at ensuring that basketball is widely accepted by children in the FCT so that they can benefit from all the skills embedded in the game.

Aside from training and mentorship seminars, the students also participated in tree planting around the school environment.
The NBA boss added that the association is an environmentally conscious one that sees tree planting as very relevant to the overall development of humanity.

She said: “NBA, being part of tree planting, is because we know how important it is to sustain the environment. So, that is part of what we do. When you talk about Power Forward programme, it comprises health, environment, as well as capacity building in life skills.”
For the Country Director, PanAfricare Nigeria, Dr. Patrick Adah, the programme was part of the implementation of Power Forward projects, which, according to him, is targeted at using basketball as a platform to teach youths life skills and other related lessons.
“This is the season we celebrate World Environment Day. So, we engaged in a tree planting exercise. We all know the importance of trees to the environment and the earth. This year’s theme is ‘One Earth’, and we have to do what we can to protect the earth.
“We have brought this exercise to the school in order to teach the students that there is a need to work together towards protecting the environment. For us, this is part of the activities to launch the 2022 Power Forward project,” Adah stated.
Also at the event was the Deputy Director, Head of Sports, FCT Secondary Education Board, Jimoh Eneye. While commending the organisers for their contributions towards the development of sports in FCT, he said the lessons learnt by students and teachers from the day’s activities would positively impact their future actions, particularly with regard to planting trees, which he said, do not only protect the environment but are also instrumental to a healthy living.”