As part of the commitment of the Oyo State Government to boost sports participation in positioning the State as one that values the importance of the sports sector as an untapped goldmine, the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde received the State’s athletes that took part at the just-concluded National Sports Festival, Edo 2020 at the Governor’s Executive Chambers, Secretariat, Ibadan, today, Wednesday, 21st of April.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Asiwaju Seun Fakorede in a release signed by his media aide, Kazeem Olalekan Israel stated that the commissioner led the team of the athletes and their coaches to meet with the Governor. And, the Governor, in fulfilling his promise of giving the technical and moral backing to the State’s athletes in influencing their performances in sporting activities and to also motivate them, made financial pronouncements to the athletes to appreciate their performances at the just-concluded National Sports Festival where the State emerged 6th and won 31 Gold medals.
The Governor pronounced five hundred thousand naira each to the gold medalists, three hundred and fifty thousand naira each to the silver medalists, and two hundred and fifty thousand naira each to the bronze medalists. The financial rewards do not include the allowances which has been paid to all the athletes during the cause of the programme.
The Fakorede led ministry has been championing youth oriented programs since assumption of office in 2019.