Ministry dissolves basketball interim committee



The sports ministry has announced the dissolution of the Interim Management Committee set up to oversee Nigerian basketball, following an initial two-year ban on international basketball by the Federal Government, The PUNCH reports.

In May the FG withdrew Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for two years, following the lingering leadership rift in the Nigeria Basketball Federation, saying it was part of the government’s efforts to revamp the sport from the grassroots, as well as put an end to the crises that had rocked the NBBF.

Part of the process to resolve the crisis was a 10-man committee set up to oversee basketball leagues in the country.

The ministry, in a statement dated August 15, 2022 and signed by its Director of Press, Manga Mohammed, said,  “The Federal Government in addressing the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Basketball Federation had cause to set up an Interim Management Committee following Nigeria’s withdrawal from International competitions for two years,” the statement read.

“With the Federal Government’s rescission from its earlier withdrawal of Nigeria Basketball from the International scene and relisting the NBBF beginning from Nigeria’s participation in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Africa Qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda, the continuation of the IMC is no longer necessary.

“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development hereby announces the dissolution of the Interim Management Committee for Nigeria Basketball with immediate effect.”