The Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation(NIDO) New York chapter is seeking credible Nigerians to partner with it, so the body could invest in the development of young basketball talents in Nigeria.

President of NIDO, New York, Hon. Bobby Digi Olisa stated this at a press conference in Abuja during a visit to Nigeria.

Bobby – who was elected as the President of NIDO in July 2019 – visited Nigeria to bring to realization NIDO New York’s plans to support development of young talents in Nigeria through partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) – men’s professional basketball league in North America – to provide facilities needed for the development of basketball talents in the country.

“So this is an idea and this is a conversation that proceeds me, They’ve always been eyeing Africa, everyone is eyeing Africa, it’s just how ready are we to receive this opportunity, how prepared we are,” he said.

Digi Olisa who has affiliations with both New York Citys Barcleys Center and Maddison Square Garden said they are willing to partner with organizations within the players on the ground in Nigeria.

He added that organizations who are interested in the development of young talents should bring well-planned out proposal to NIDO New york to make it easy for parties who are willing to support and help.

“We have been telling them that there are schools everywhere and we can partner in a way where you folks see basketball courts because basketball courts are relatively easy to build for the most part. So they were very interested in that, so they are open to it.”

“First, identify a university that say yes I have land and that land you can do XYZ with it, you go bring the developers, it has to be cleared so that you can bring papers that are signed by whoever is in charge, put that together and find a local entity. When you put those kinds of proposal together and maybe someone like myself gets it, I can sit down and have the conversation and from that point, we can see the visibilities.”

He explained that NIDO New York can push for support in avenues where talents are scouted, adding that if they support the initiative, it will give it more credibility from investors.

The young, vibrant leader strongly believes that youth empowerment is the panacea for a better society, and urges the Federal Government to invest more in youth talents.

Written by : Ayo Babatunde

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