The Minister for Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, on Saturday inaugurated the Interim Management Committee (IMC) for the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) at the Ministry’s Conference Room at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
The Minister, during the inauguration, warned the committee members not to be entangled with federation politics but to be focused on the ‘rescue mission’ they have been called for.
Mr. Dare said developing basketball from the grassroots and creating a value chain off it is top on the agenda of the ministry not managing crises and disagreements among administrators.
He said: “Nigeria at this crucial period is more interested in developing young basketball talents and the domestic league than managing the crisis and disagreements among administrators.
“For years, the basketball value chain has been truncated such that home-based young players, coaches, referees, physical trainers, and sponsors were left empty.
“The role of the IMC is clearly and carefully set out: develop youth and grassroots basketball and organize the domestic league. Don’t get entangled in Federation politics.”