Saturday, 24 September 2016

Nigeria: state governor rewards Paralympic gold medallists with cash and cars

Governor of Nigeria’s Imo State, Owelle
Rochas Okorocha, has rewarded three
Paralympic medallists who hail from
the state.
The three won gold medals
at the just ended games in Rio.
Each of the athletes got a car and a
cash prize of one million naira
($3,100). The governor hosted power
lifting gold medallists Roland Ezurike,
Nwosu Ndidi and Josephine Orji at the
state house in the state capital, Owerri
on Thursday.
Beside the athletes, their coaches
were also given a car each. The elated
Paralyampians sang a Happy Birthday
song for the governor and promised to
continue to set the pace.
For his part, the governor stressed that
his state was in the forefront of
bringing collective pride to Nigeria. He
underlined the fact that beyond the
state, the athletes made the entire
nation proud.
Nigeria ended the Rio Paralympics with
eight golds, two silvers and two bronze
medals to finish 17th in the overall
medal table, and Africa’s top-
ranked country.
The Ivorian government had extended a
similar gesture to its athletes who won
medals at the just ended Olympic
Games in Brazil.
Ivory Coast won two medals in
taekwondo, a gold by Cheick Sallah
Cisse and a bronze by Ruth Gbagbi.
The presidency announced a 50 million
CFA ($85,000) award for Sallah plus a
house whiles Ruth got 30 million CFA
($51,000) and a house.