Sunday, 16 September 2012

President Goodluck Abadons Presidential Handshake gives millions of naira to paralympians

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The Federal Government on Saturday announced a naira rain for the victorious Paralympics athletes and female Under 20 footballers, Falconets.

 President Goodluck Jonathan announced the cash gifts at reception organised in their honour at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Each Falconet will  get  N1m,  while their coaches and handlers will receive N1.2m each.

For  the paralympians, Jonathan said those who won Gold medals would go home with N5m each;  Silver medalists would  collect N3m each, while those who won Bronze would collect N2m each.

The President said each member of the team that did not register their names on the medal table would  receive N500,000 each.

The President  reiterated his government’s commitment to sports development.

He said he had directed that a national sports retreat be convened soon to address the challenges facing the sector.

He described Nigeria’s Paralympics and Under 20 female football championship outing as glorious.

He said he watched with great pride as the athletes competed to bring honour to the nation.

“You have done well and we are indeed grateful,” the President.

While commending sports officials, Jonathan urged them not to rest on their laurels.

He recalled the various feats achieved by Nigeria’s teams in past sporting events, but noted that the abysmal performance at the last Olympics was a huge disappointment.

He said the situation must not be allowed to happen again.

“We must restore the glorious days of our sports,” he said.

The President promised that each state of the federation would start taking sports seriously and learn to prepare for major competitions early enough.

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