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Minister Commends Total For Supporting  Basketball; Tips D’ Tigers, D’Tigress for Laurels In Tokyo

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr 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, 15 September, 2020 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  in the development 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.
“I must comnend the board of the Nigerian  Basketball Federation for making Nigeria 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 one sport,” the Minister said.
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 N150 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 alot 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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