President Goodluck Jonathan honoured sports men and women with outstanding performances in a ceremony. The Falconets were among those that were honoured and so was Blessing Okagbare, the beautiful runner who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
It was a wonderful gesture by the Federal Government and a way to encourage them to keep doing their best for the country. This sort of thing increases the spirit of patriotism not just in the athletes, but also in those of us who watched the ceremony on TV. Regardless of what isn’t perfect in our country, it feels good to be a Nigerian these days.
According to Punch Newspaper, the athletes received cash gifts of 2.5 Million Naira each. The newspaper stated that:
Those who won silver medals got N1.5m each while bronze medallists got N1m each.
Jonathan announced the rewards during a dinner he organised in their honour at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Coaches at the two championships got N1m each while officials at the Commonwealth Games got N700,000 each.
Their counterparts in powerlifting received N500,000 each.
Jonathan also doled out N1m each to those who won gold medals in African Senior Wrestling Championships; silver medalists got N750,000; bronze medalists got N500,000; coaches and officials N1m and N250,000 each respectively.
Even the younger ones were not left out as cash rewards were also given for the gold, silver and bronze medalists at the African Junior Championships.