At a humble but colorful and instrumental ceremony in Lagos on Monday, the Nigeria Football Federation and Premier Lotto Limited (popularly affectionately known as Baba Ijebu) sealed a partnership that the gambling company immediately joined Official gaming partner of the national teams.
Present at the signing were Chief Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu, CON and the President of the NFF and member of the FIFA Council, Amaju Melvin Pinnick; Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (First Vice President, NFF); Mr. Adebisi Adebutu (Executive Directors, Operations of Premier Lotto); Mr. Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications, NFF); Ms. Ruth David (Director of Competitions, NFF); Barr. Okey Obi (Director Legal, NFF); Mr. Alizor Chuks (Marketing Director, NFF); Mr. Rajan Zaka (AD Finance, NFF); Mr. Kingsley Ozumba (Pamodzi Sports Marketing) and Mr. Ken Nwankwo and Mr. Oyelaran Noah from Premier Lotto.
A very pleased Pinnick praised Chief Adebutu, saying the generosity and philanthropy of the founder and chief executive officer of Premier Lotto Limited is known worldwide.
“The NFF and the entire Nigeria Football family are grateful for the work you are doing to transform and upgrade our beloved Lagos National Stadium. I also remember generosity from you to the various national teams, especially the Super Eagles. You are a great and wonderful man, and we pray that you will have good health and joy for many, many years to come.
“Today’s event makes me very happy because it brings us even closer to the financial autonomy we want so much, so that we can take the funding of the national teams completely from the government. Premier Lotto is a company of high integrity and we are delighted to have this relationship with Chief Adebutu and the company.
An overjoyed boss Adebutu said Premier Lotto felt a sense of accomplishment to finally have a relationship with the NFF and national teams, and praised the work Mr Pinnick and his board of directors have done to keep Nigeria Football growing in these challenging times.
The partnership agreement initially has a term of four years.