Buhari Re­wards D’Ti­gress with N17.5m for Win­ning 2017 Afrobas­ket


Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has re­deemed his prom­ise to re­ward the 2017 Afrobas­ket win­ning women’s team, D’Ti­gress.

Each player got N1mil­lion while five coach­ing crew mem­bers got N500,000 each.

In his ad­dress at the cheque pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, the Min­is­ter of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said sports in Nige­ria was mov­ing to greater heights through the un­prece­dented sup­port of Buhari.

“In Mr Pres­i­dent’s usual way of show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our sports men and women who made the na­tion proud, he re­ceived the team at the Pres­i­den­tial Villa on Wed­nes­day Au­gust 30, 2017 dur­ing the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing.

“His­tory is made today as Mr Pres­i­dent has ful­filled his prom­ise to the heroic Afrobas­ket team by dol­ing out N1mil­lion to each of the play­ers and N500,000 to each of the of­fi­cials to­tal­ing N17.5mil­lion.

Dalung thanked the pres­i­dent for his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the de­vel­op­ment of sports in Nige­ria and for his ex­trin­sic re­ward in par­tic­u­lar.

He said that Buhari’s kind ges­ture will have a mul­ti­plier ef­fect on the coun­try’s podium suc­cess in the forth­com­ing Com­mon­wealth Games sched­uled to hold in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia from April 4 through 15 next year.

In his re­sponse, the Vi­cepres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NBBF), Mr Babs Ogu­nade, thanked the pres­i­dent for re­deem­ing his prom­ise to re­ward D’Ti­gress for their ex­cel­lence and hard work.

“Over a pe­riod of time, ad­min­is­tra­tions have made prom­ises to ath­letes and failed but with the change mantra, this ad­min­is­tra­tion promised to re­ward the gold win­ning bas­ket­ball team and they have ful­filled their prom­ise.

“Like Oliver Twist, we will al­ways ask for more. As you are aware, we qual­i­fied for the World Cup in Spain next year and we are gear­ing up for that as well as the Com­mon­wealth Games.”

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