By Raymond Nwaduba
Nigeria Basketball Federation caretaker committee chairman, Engr. Musa Kida has showered encomiums on the Minister of Sports & Youths Development, Chief Sunday Dare for his sincere and genuine efforts daily in trying to look for the best possible way in finding a lasting solution to the imbroglio within the basketball fraternity, which has thwarted the development of the sport.
Speaking at a press parley with newsmen at the Park Inn by Radisson Serviced Apartments in Victoria Island, Lagos, the NBBF boss was full of praises and appreciation for the yeoman’s job by the honourable minister to see that all warring factions sheathe their swords and reach a truce, which will usher in a conducive environment for an all-round sustainable growth in basketball in Nigeria.
“If there was no enabling environment, there is no way we could have performed our functions. There is no way we would have been able to do what we needed to do. There is no way we could have had the flexibility to do what we did in other for these results to come in the last couple of years.
“So on that note, we want to in all sincerity thank the Honourable minister of Sports, Hon. Sunday Dare, ‘Egba Akin’, who every day I can tell you, looks for the best way of setting the environment and encouraging the environment to be the best it can.
“We all know it’s not easy, that Africans and Nigerians expects that every match we play we should win. Of course, it is his responsibility to ensure we win; but it is also his responsibility to make sure that he allows us as administrators and create an enabling environment for us to do our jobs.
“So on that note, I want to sincerely thank him for his understanding, said and not said, and also for his encouragement, and his own ministry which we have had expert opinions coming from themselves, very tested people in the ministry.
‘Like I said before, we have always looked at the coin may be from different sides, but we have brought that discussions to the table in order for us to all collectively be able to move forward.
“Just like others, I will say that I am most grateful for your support, and we are begging still for your continued support in a way that will allow us to progress and develop the game of basketball in the country,” Kida concluded.
Recall, that the minister had called an Extra Ordinary Congress to try and settle all the differences that existed amongst both divides.