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FG Slates 60 Sports Icons for Honours

By Jude Opara, Abuja

The federal government through the  Ministry of Sports and Youth Development has concluded arrangements to  honour  60 Nigerian sports icons and  personalities that have won laurels  for the country as well as those that have made meaningful impact on sports development in the last sixty years.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, John Joshua Akanji said the event  was part of activities organised    by the Federal government to celebrate   Nigeria’s  Diamond jubilee.

Akanji said the Ministers of Youth  and Sports Development, Sunday Dare while receiving the Report of the Committee set up to collate the votes by Nigerians for the  60 awardees stated that the event was initiated  to reward excellence and hard work.

“We initiated this award because of the need to reward our heroes and heroines who have sweated to put the name of Nigeria on the world map.

Unfortunately most of these patriots have died, but we are also consoled that many  of them are still alive.

“Another import of the award is that it will encourage the younger athletes and indeed Nigerians in other fields to always give their best to the country, knowing that their efforts would be appreciated by the country”.  
Dare also appealed to other deserving awardees who may not have been captured  in this first edition to be patient, assuring  that they could also be rewarded in subsequent editions.

“I appreciate the effort the collation  committee put in to arrive at these 60 names because the truth is that there are so many more deserving Nigerians because we wanted to restrict the number to only 60 to commemorate the Diamond jubilee of our country”, Dare stated. 

The event which will hold at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on  Friday October  16,  is expected  to be graced by President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as well as some of the awardees  and members of  their families.

The statement further revealed that the committee received over 3,500 nominations who were voted for the honours through  various social  media channels, television, radio and other  platforms.

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