Oyo State Government has assured the state contingent to the Edo 2020 Sports Festival that their cash rewards would soon be paid.
The Chief Press Secretary to Gov Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, gave the assurance in a statement he made available to newsmen in Ibadan, on Monday.
According to the statement, Adisa revealed that the State Ministry of Youth and Sports has already received the governor’s approval for the rewards meant for the medalists.
He posited that Gov. Makinde remained committed to the promises he made when he hosted the athletes shortly after the games.
According to the statement, each of the athletes concerned would soon receive the cash rewards as promised by the governor.
“His Excellency, the Governor, has already given necessary approvals for the release of the funds and the Ministry of Youth and Sports should be in possession of the cash in a short while,” Adisa stated.
He urged those affected not to lose confidence in the administration, which he said has shown huge commitment to welfare of the athletes.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Makinde had, while hosting the athletes after the games, promised a cash reward of N500,000 for each gold medalist; N350,000 reward for silver medalists and N250,000 reward for each bronze medalist.
The governor had also announced that the coaches would be rewarded with N500,000 each.
The only gold medalist, who competed in ‘shotput’ and ‘Discus’ is to get an additional N1 million, while the ‘paralifting athlete, will also be given an additional N1 million. (NAN)