NBBF crisis: Minister approves stakeholders meeting, puts election on hold

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare

By Andrew Abah, Abuja

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has approved the meeting of Nigeria Basketball stakeholders aimed at resolving a 4-year old crisis that has bedevilled the federation.

Dare took the decision in a virtual emergency meeting held on Monday with top guns in the Ministry in attendance.

The permanent secretary, Nebolisa Anako, the Director of Federations, Simon Ebojaiye, Dr. Nelson, Maria Whopil and Olumide Bamidele and the Director of Legal were in attendance from the Ministry.

Also in attendance were the NOC President, Engineer Gumel with NOC Secretary General, Mr. Banji. Musa Kida and Tijani Umar.

The meeting which lasted about two hours was focused and dealt with the key areas of disagreement.

It was decided that a stakeholders meeting be convened immediately before the end of the month with both sides coming with 10 people.

The Ministry and NOC will mediate at the Meeting.

The meeting also directed the NOC to follow up with FIBA over the petition it received concerning the approved constitution and way forward.

A plea went out to all sides to work for a resolution in order to avoid a crisis that could limit the development of basketball.

The Minister was said to have been very pointed in his remarks cautioning that anyone planning to plunge basketball into crisis will not be tolerated.

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