FG Reverses Ban On International Basketball


FG Reverses Ban On International Basketball

FG Reverses Ban On International Basketball
The Nigerian girls are the African champions. Photo: FIBA.


The Federal Government has rescinded its decision to suspend Nigeria’s basketball teams from all .

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Ismaila disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the decision is on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), by Mister Musa Kida.

, being one that is committed to youth development and desirous of ensuring that they are availed of all opportunities in sports and other endeavors considered the appeal and in the overriding spirit of national , love for our youth, and in order to avoid sending basket development into a long of suspension when NBBF have now committed to the resolution of the issues which precipitated the withdrawal in the first place has approved the of Nigeria to international basketball ,” said in a statement after the .

“In securing this approval, of note is the caution that the laws of Nigeria cannot be subjugated to any other law, and every Nigerian entity must respect Nigerian laws and authority governing various sectors. Failure to do this, as with any constitutionally sovereign nation will sanctions.”

He explained that the “appeal letter also critically gave some key
undertakings: to immediately set in motion the process of status review or
amendments from as collated by the Ministry of
Youth and Sports Development; to set up a -powered team to reconcile all
in the basketball at home and abroad, and a
commitment to work with the Ministry in the and development of
basketball other things.”

He said President Muhammadu Buhari has manded the ministry to ensure the implementation of the undertakings by the NBBF and “report back to Mr. President on progress”.

Before the reversal of the ban, FIBA had replaced the D’Tigress with Mali ahead of the FIBA Women’s World Cup to be held later in the year.

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