By Babatunde Ogunrinde
Lagos, Sept. 9, 2020 Both the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) and Total E&P Nigeria Limited will on Tuesday sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sponsorship of two of the federation’s lower league competitions.
The federation’s Secretary-General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, said on Wednesday in Lagos that the sponsorship would take care of the national division one and two men’s basketball league competitions.
Speaking on the development, NBBF President Musa Kida said: “We are excited about this long term partnership targeted at the grass roots, one of the core focuses of this federation.
“This is another fulfilment of some of the promises we made about creating platforms for raw talents to be nurtured while making basketball attractive to the corporate community.’’
He said both the federation and Total, after a critical evaluation of the initial two-year deal between them, felt it was expedient to continue with the harmonious relationship.
“With the initial two-year support of Total E&P Nigeria Limited, we were able to introduce the Division Two league system and the Division One with more teams participating and playing more games.
“It is on record that more than 150 local basketball teams participated in these two divisions all over the country, with two teams per state qualifying for the zonal meets.
“With another five-year agreement on the table, we should be able to build on what we have achieved and establish a system where more talents can participate in organised basketball,’’ Kida said.
He said the sponsorship agreement signing ceremony, which will hold in Lagos, would be held in line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 directives.