The Nigeria Basketball Federation has signed a 2 year contract with Total E&P Nigeria Limited worth sixty million for the National Divisions 1 and 2 leagues.
The deal has been described by the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Eng. Ahmedu Musa Kida as a unique breakthrough for the domestic league in the history of Nigerian Basketball. “This partnership with Total E&P Nigeria Limited is in fulfillment of one of my cardinal objectives as the president of the federation. “One of my cardinal goals and objectives as President of NBBF is to take basketball to the grassroots, so that our Youths and other stakeholders of the game who have been neglected for so long would have the opportunity of competing effectively right in their backyards.” The contract between NBBF and Total marks a significant beginning in the development of basketball in the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “The NBBF board has decided to formulate a new league format for the lower divisions to maximize the likely benefits thereof, as we work around the clock to deliver on our promise of securing a better life for players and officials who are the major actors in our quest to take basketball to its desired level.” Eng. Kida thanked the new sponsor for the hand of fellowship extended to the federation in the past when they hosted the D’Tigeress and D’Tigers after their 2017 FIBA Afrobasket exploits.
He applauded Total’s commitment to sponsor the National Divisions 1 and 2 leagues which again affirms the love the company has for Nigerian sports. “This commitment which underscores the importance the company attaches to its Corporate Social Responsibility is geared towards uplifting the Nigerian youths is an epoch event in the annals of Nigerian Basketball because it is the first time the federation is securing sponsorship for any of its lower leagues”, Kida said.