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6 Oct 2016

Ogun State Governor Rewards Paralympian and Her Coach With Cash Prize (Photo)

It is joy and happiness on the faces of a Paralympian silver medalist and her coach after they were rewarded by the governor of Ogun State.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has rewarded Mrs. Lateefat Omolola Tijani, a Paralympics Silver Medalist from Ogun State and her coach, Mrs. Kemi Oyebola over their exploits at the 2016 Paralympics held in Brazil.

In a statement released by Adejuwon Soyinka, Senior Special Assistant (Media) to the Governor, the women were rewarded with cash gifts.

The statement read:

"Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has rewarded Mrs. Lateefat Omolola Tijani, a Paralympics Silver Medalist from Ogun State, with a cash prize of N1m while her coach, Mrs. Kemi Oyebola, was given a cash prize of N500,000.

"In addition to the cash prize, the governor also promised to provide the Paralympian with training kits of her choice that could aid her preparation for the next Paralympic games.

"Governor Amosun also charged the Paralympian to ensure that she wins a Gold medal at the next Paralympics.

"The governor stated this, on Wednesday, when Mrs. Tijani and her coach, Mrs. Kemi Oyebola, came to present the Silver medal she won in the 45kg weightlifting category of the just concluded Paralympics game in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to the governor at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

"While congratulating the Silver medalist for the feat, Governor Amosun urged her not to relent in her quest for excellence.

"The governor also seized the occasion to appreciate the coach, family and all those who supported Mrs. Tijani to achieve this laudable feat."

Responding, Mrs. Tijani thanked the governor for what she described as his “kind gesture and support for sports.”

She added that with the governor’s support, “I can assure you that I am going for the Gold medal at the next Olympics.”

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