25 years after, LASG gives 2bedroom flat to Gold Medalist, Chioma Ajunwa, presents cheques to State athletes for the 2021 Olympic

Uploaded by on June 24, 2021

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given a two bedroom flat at the Babatunde Raji Fashola Housing Estate, Iponri, to the First Olympic Gold Medalist in Nigeria and in Africa, Chief Mrs Chioma Ajunwa-Okpara, MON, in fulfillment of the pledge made by the government when she won the laurel 25 years ago.

Mrs Chioma who is now an Assitant Commissioner of Police in the Nigeria Police Force won gold in long jump during the Atlanta 96 Olympics games.

Presenting the keys to Mrs Ajunwa-Okpara at the Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu said she would continue to be a reference point for not just sports, but also youths development.

Mrs Ajunwa-Okpara had used the occasion to invite the Governor to the unveiling of her foundation later this year.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also presented cheques, ranging from 500 hundred thousand to five million naira to athletes from the State representing Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics games next month and those who won laurels at the national Sports festival in Edo.

The Governor who announced that over the next one year, Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere would be upgraded into international standard, urged the athletes to put in their best and do the State proud knowing that they would be appreciated.

The Team Captain and award winning para-tennis player, Mr Ahmed Koleosho promised that they would make Lagos and Nigeria proud and appealed to the Lagos State government to give employment to athletes so that they would have something to fall back on after sports.

In the meantime, Govenor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has signed into law, the amended Lagos State Sports law, with a promise to establish eight new mini stadia across the State.

Appending his signature to the State Sports Commission (Amendments) Bill, 2021, at the Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja, Governor Sanwo-Olu stressed that the new law was aimed at galvanizing youth development through sporting activities

The Lagos Assembly had amended the law to further create job opportunities for the teeming youths in the State.

The event was witnessed by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Chief Mudashiru Obasa, selected members of the House,Commissioner for Justice, the State Head of Service and other top government functionaries

Omolara Omosanya

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