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Gov Diri showers cash incentives on Bayelsa Para Athletes, coaches and officials

Posted : 02 February 2024

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has rewarded the State para team, coaches, and officials who brought pride to the state in the second para games held in the nation's capital, Abuja.

Team Bayelsa surprised the nation by defending the Nigerian version of the Paralympics, topping the overall medal table with 73 medals, including 30 gold, 24 silver, and 20 bronze. Abia State finished a distant second behind Bayelsa.

During the weekly prosperity walk at the Samson Siasia Stadium, the governor announced a cash reward of one million naira for each gold medalist, seven hundred thousand naira for team gold medalists, five hundred thousand naira for silver medalists, and three hundred and fifty thousand naira for the team silver.

Individual bronze medalists received three hundred thousand naira, while team bronze received two hundred thousand naira. Participants without medals, often described as "I was there," received fifty thousand naira.

The Main Organizing Committee received one point five million naira, the Local Organizing Committee received one million naira, gold medal team officials received five hundred thousand naira, silver medal team officials received three hundred thousand naira. Essential staff and support were also rewarded with one hundred thousand naira, while helpers received the same amount.

Governor Diri, while congratulating the athletes, stated that their triumph in Abuja has brought a positive image to the state. He expressed continuous commitment to prioritizing the welfare of athletes and emphasized that the achievement by Team Bayelsa proves the state's dominance in para games, describing it as a State monopoly. He urged them not to rest on their laurels.

The governor emphasized that a just society gives premium attention to those who are challenged, emphasizing that there should be no discrimination between physically challenged and able-bodied athletes.

Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Chief Daniel Igali, commended the para athletes for making Bayelsa proud, considering them the country's best. He pointed out that a society would be judged based on how well it treats the vulnerable. Igali thanked the governor for prioritizing sports development and youth engagement during his four-year term.

Sir Braveman Wodi, the Director of Sports at Bayelsa State Sports Council, lauded Governor Douye Diri for recognizing hard work and excellence. He highlighted the governor's continuous commitment to rewarding athletes, establishing him as a sports-loving governor.



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