President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Engr Musa Kida has assured the constitution drafting committee will commence work to ensure that a fresh election demanded by FIBA is conducted.
Kida who spoke at a stakeholders meeting yesterday in Lagos, noted that the elections would be conducted as soon as FIBA approves the constitution.
He, however, added that FIBA has saddled his group the power to oversee the game before the new elections were conducted, while calling on all stakeholders to join hands with his group to take basketball to the zenith.
While not discouraging any one or group from holding competitions, noting that it would help develop the game, he however, stated the power to run the national leagues reside with his board.
He also stated that talks are on with Kwese and Zenith Bank on the need to make the men and women premier leagues more vibrant and competitive. He assured the players of better leagues and welfare.
“The crux of my manifesto is better welfare for the players who are the major actors in the game. If we make the leagues better and they become more lucrative, the players will definitely be the better for it.
“We want to host competitions but we must do things in line with best practice so that the structure we leave behind after our tenure will be enduring,” Kida added.
While responding to questions from referees, statisticians and other stakeholders, Kida assured that programmes would be instituted to better their working conditions and ensure they get refresher course at regular intervals.
The NBBF boss also confirmed that Nigeria would host Group B games in FIBA World Cup qualifiers for men from June 25 to July 2.
He said hosting the qualifiers would give Nigerians the opportunity to watch the D’Tigers and be able to identify with the stars.