Organisers of the Milo Nestle Secondary school basketball championship has said the Energy Food Drink of Future Champions has inspired the youth of Nigeria in sports to instill life values such as hard work, responsibility, fair play, discipline, perseverance, togetherness and team work.
National Coordinator of the competition, Col. Sam Ahmedu, a board member of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, stated this during the tip-off of the Central Conference Playoffs of the competition on Monday 16th May,2022 in Ilorin, adding that the competition has been an avenue for youth engagement, integration and talent discovery with special recognition to Precious Achuwa, discovered in 2014, now playing for the Toronto Raptors and represented Nigeria at the Olympic games.
The President, FIBA Africa Zone III commended Milo for its twenty two years of active tournament and affirmed that there will be value for time at the end of the Central Conference Playoffs in Ilorin.
During a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission, Coach Bola Mogaji, Col. Sam appreciated the support by the State Sports Commission and for its association with brains and hammers that would bring dividends to sports, noting that Kwara occupies a strong hold in Nigeria Basketball which prompt the decision to push the championship to the State of Harmony.
Coach Bola Mogaji, in his response, maintained the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq’s vision was to make Kwara a melting point for sports development while commending Milo for its commitments to youth development.
He opined that the Commission will formulate policies and programmes to make life meaningful for sports men, women and investors even as he called on stakeholders to join the administration in the quest to creating a lasting legacy for Sports Project in the state.
Others at the visit were Monday Nelson, Vice President, Nigeria School Sports Federation, Alhaji Shola Sheu (Director, Kwara Sports Commission), Oladayo Oke (Official Milo Nestle), Bello Azeez (Secretary, Kwara State Basketball Association), Ahmed Adebayo (Head of School Sports, Kwara Sport Commission), and Bolaji Lawal.
The Indoor Hall of the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin is venue for the Central Conference of the 22nd Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship with Schools from Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna, FCT, Kwara, Niger, Benue and Plateau all participating.