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FG inducts four female athletes into hall of fame


FG inducts four female athletes into hall of fame

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday inducted four outstanding female athletes into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, disclosed this during the reception in honour of Nigerian female athletes in Abuja.

Those honoured are Tobi Amusan (World Record Holder 12.12 second 100 metres hurdles), Folashade Oluwafemiayo, (Gold medalists Women’s Heavyweight Champion, para powerlifting).

Others are Ese Brume (Olympic World Champion African Champion in Long Jump) and Blessing Oborududu (Olympic Silver medalist, Commonwealth Games Champion in wrestling).

Tallen, while commending the athletes for their outstanding performance during the various international sporting competitions, said the induction was a way to immortalise Nigerian women’s achievements globally.

Also speaking, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, described Nigerian women as exceptional and talented.

“Whatever sphere they find themselves, Nigerian women are very committed, talented, determined and resilient in whatever they do.

“We are very proud of you all and didn’t expect anything less, the sky will be your limit as you continue to make us proud,” she said.

On his part, Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youths and Sport, while commending the athletes, said the President had approved a Presidential Award for Competitive Excellency (PACE)

Dare said, “the award was to recognise any athlete that represents Nigeria and achieves a remarkable level in sport.

“About 27 athletes will be the first recipients of the Presidential award to appreciate our great sportsmen and women.”

He gave the assurance that the country places a lot of value on sportsmen and women and they would be rewarded and celebrated for showing up for the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Amusan was also conferred with a national honour, the Order of the Niger (OON) honour by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari thanked the athletes for the exciting moments they gave Nigerians during the two competitions.

FG inducts four female athletes into hall of fame

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