The Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday direct the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) to go ahead to organize their election in accordance with the approved constitution by the international body FIBA.
In a release signed by the Acting Director of Federations and Athletes Development, Dr S. E. Ebhojiaye, the Ministry further directed the Caretaker Chairman of NBBF Eng Ahmadu Musa Kida to Superintendent the elections in accordance with the approved procedures in the constitution.
Quoting in part, the release said “With the benefit of correspondence and communication with the Federation of International Basketball Associations(FIBA) and an all inclusive basketball stakeholders’ meeting at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, as well as a careful review of the laws and regulations governing the relationships between Government, as represented by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development(FMYSD), the National Federations and their international bodies, the Ministry is hereby properly guided and issues these positions:
“The NBBF has a Constitution recognized by FIBA and this was confirmed again in a recent correspondence with the Nigeria Olympic Committee(NOC) from FIBA. The Ministry recognizes this and abides with it.
This Constitution will form the basis of the next elections and the resolution of any conflict that may emanate from it”.
“The Constitution can not be amended by non Congress members. The FIBA approved Constitution clearly spells out the processes leading to an Elective Congress. This must be clearly followed through as expected by FIBA”
“The NOC and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development can only supervise and not conduct the elections. The NOC and FMYSD will be observers. FIBA will also be invited as observers” .
The Release went further to stipulates steps to be taken towards the elections among which are:
A. The NBBF President has the power to call for a Congress to draw up the electoral process.
B. Once the Congress is convened, the Electoral Committee is appointed and approved by the congress.
C. The Appeals Committee is also put in place with their appointment approved by the congress.
D. The date and venue of the elective congress is picked and approved by the congress.
E. FIBA , NOC and FMYSD are then officially communicated of congress decisions, and are all officially invited to observe the elections.
F. On election day, the NBBF President and his board will officially hand over proceedings to the Electoral Committee who then conducts the elections and swears in the winners immediately so as not to create a vacuum.
The Ministry went further to direct Interested parties and stakeholders to look at the areas of the constitution over which they have disagreements and document same while the recognized constitution remains operational.