The former President of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) Eng. Musa Kida has threatened the Federal Government of Nigeria saying until the Six Million naira he incurred in clearing the kits from the Nigerian Customs for the two National teams (D’Tigers and D’Tigress) at the just-concluded Tokyo Olympics is paid, the kits in their custody will not released.
Recall that the Ministry of Finance and Sports Ministry intervened before the Peak kits were released by the Nigeria Customs ahead of the D’Tigress and D’Tigers 2020 Olympics.
Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development who oversees Nigeria sports on behalf of the Government had on November 9 requested that Musa Kida led NBBF hand over all the kits to the NBBF Secretariat headed by the Secretary General, Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi.
Kida in his response letter made available to BSN Sports reads; “It will excite you to know that the PEAK sponsorship with the NBBF has been for the provision of uniform on a tournament by tournament basis, the last being the carry forward the 2020 Olympics held this year, as the contract itself has expired last year. You are also aware of enoumors challenges with Customs for the last batch of Olympic Uniform this year. It required the serious interventions of the Hon Minister FMYSD with the Federal Ministry of Finance to make it reality. The Official receipt Customs and Clearing charges that the NBBF had to incur in getting the uniforms out of Apapa Wharf was more than N6m, which I fully paid that’s yet to be refunded from the Ministry.
“The remnants are very incomplete pieces of outfit as with other consignments in the past. I would urge you to process my refund efficiently and once that’s done, I can handover the remnants of the kits from Tokyo Olympics.
“In as much as I believe that you’re illegal and deliberately usurping the power of the NBBF Board by trying to create Task Force to organize and undertake FIBA November qualifier, you can contact PEAK directly to purchase equipment or kits from them for your intended purposes.
“Sec, I just warn you that your recent actions will potentially eventually cause a huge embarrassment to Nigeria Basketball and the country at large as you have side stepped the NBBF in all your recent undertaking.”
Recall that the Ministry of Sports had set up a four-man Task Force Committee to take charge of the NBBF Super 8 League and D’Tigers next assignment later this month.