The Federal Government has lifted the ban on Nigeria’s basketball teams from attending international competitions.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Ismaila Abubakar disclosed this at a news briefing in Abuja.
Abubakar said the decision is based on a letter of appeal from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
He said the NBBF also promised to resolve the issues which precipitated the withdrawal in the first place.
He explained that the “appeal letter also critically gave some key undertakings: to immediately set in motion the process of status review or constitutional amendments from stakeholders as collated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development; to set up a high-powered team to reconcile all contending parties in the basketball family at home and abroad, and a commitment to work with the Ministry in the governance and development of basketball among other things.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the ministry to ensure the implementation of the undertakings by the NBBF.