17 September 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan Showers Millions On Paralympians, Falconets

President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday night showered millions of naira and National Honours on Nigeria's Paralympians and the U20 team to the just concluded Paralympic Games in London and Women World Cup in Japan respectively.

Speaking at the "Special Reception" staged for the athletes at the State House, President Jonathan said the gesture was to appreciate the athletes' efforts.

Nigeria's paralympians won six gold medals, five silver medals and two bronze finish 3rd in Africa and 22nd in the world.

The six gold medalists will each receive a national honour, Member of the Niger (MON) in addition to N5m.

According to President Jonathan, all gold medallists would receive N5million each while silver medallists were to go home with N3million each.

Those that won bronze medals got N2million each even as athletes who won nothing had their palms greased with N500,000 each for donning the country's colour at the games.

Their officials also got N2.5m each as rewards.

In the same vein, the Falconets were to receive N1m each while their officials get N1.2m each as a reward.

"You competed against the very best in the world and you stood to be counted. In bracing the challenges, you have made our country proud.

"I wish to particularly commend the exceptional courage of Team Nigeria paralympians who not only made sure that the national anthem of Nigeria was played at the event but equally demonstrated to our fellow countrymen that physical challenge is not barrier in greatness," Jonathan said.

He also commended the Falconets for their exceptional performance at the FIFA Women World Cup, noting that they would help propel the senior team (Falcons) to greater height.

Jonathan reiterated his commitment to the development of sports in the country, stressing that the sector was important to his transformation agenda.

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