French President, Emmanuel Macron, has assured Nigerians of his desire to assist the country with the growth and development of basketball in the country.
Macron who was on working visit to Nigeria was physically present at the official partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in Lagos Wednesday.
He said France’s inclusive public development bank is committed to financing and technical assistance for projects that will improve the lives of people in developing and emerging economies.
The two bodies (NBA & AFD) announced their plan to jointly promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and conducting youth basketball programmes, events and initiatives in Nigeria, Côte d’ Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal and other selected African countries.
The formal announcement was made by the President of France at Lycee Francais Louis Pasteur School and also present at the event are AFD Chief Executive Officer, Remy Rioux and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo, former NBA players, Olumide Oyedeji, Ronny Turiaf, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Obinna Ekezie, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema and the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer.
The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate on and expand their mutual and longstanding commitment in Africa by providing basketball equipment and training to youths and coaches and teaching life skills in selected African countries.