NBBF President Kida receives certificate of office
Presidents of the newly inaugurated National Sports Federations were on Thursday presented with certificates of office by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung and the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel at the inaugural meeting of the new presidents under the auspices of the NOC, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
The ceremony and meeting took place at the Media Centre of the Abuja National Simmediately after the official decoration of four-time African weightlifting champion and Commonwealth gold medallist Mariam Usman with her 2008 Olympic bronze medal.
The certificate presentation took place before the first official meeting with the NOC where most of the new Presidents of the National Federations including Engineer Musa Kida of the Nigeria Basketball Federation were in attendance.
Kida who spoke after ceremony said the event was a significant one as it has clearly laid to rest who the authentic presidents of these federations are.
“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.”
An elated Kida said the NOC meeting confirmed their mandate and other board members of NSFs who were elected to lead the affairs of these federations for the next 4 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.”
Gumel felicitated with the presidents for their success at the polls and how they have conducted their affairs weeks after they assumed office. He made special recognition of the boards of wrestling, basketball and football for their recent successes at the African and world levels.
He urged them to use their tenure to develop their various sports with special focus on the grassroots and prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.