The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, Tuesday, hosted the World, Commonwealth and African 100 metres hurdles champion, Oluwatobi Amusan, and named her because the Ogun State Sport Ambassador.
An announcement issued in Abeokuta by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, mentioned Gov. Abiodun equally introduced a money reward of N5m Naira and in addition gifted the queen of the tracks a home in Ijebu-Ode.
The governor had on the twenty sixth day of April, 2021 adopted the star athlete, whose exploits had been made recognized to the governor by the Minister of Youths and Sports activities, Sunday Dare.
Talking additional on the occasion held at his Oke Mosan Workplace, Governor Abiodun described Tobi Amusan as a job mannequin to the girl-child and a sensible instance of a truism that what a person can do, a girl may even do higher.
“So, you can be our Sports activities Ambassador; I’m completely happy that you simply mentioned you aren’t from another state. You’re from Ogun and never from Lagos and also you need to come again residence. We additionally need to be certain that you come again residence.
“We need to guarantee you that as you come again residence, you might have a house right here within the state. So, in view of that, we’re additionally going to be presenting to you a house in Ijebu-Ode.
“On high of that, we will likely be supplying you with a small token, we will likely be donating to you a sum of 5 million naira,” he mentioned.
Gov. Abiodun who famous that his administration is on trigger to offer the Ijebu-Ode Stadium the required facelift it wants, mentioned that the decision by the star athlete to make use of the stadium to coach each time she is within the nation would additional immediate his administration to quick observe the rehabilitation of the stadium.
“We’re within the strategy of rehabilitating a couple of of our sport services, I’ve spoken to the Minister of Sports activities and some different individuals, however, now that we now have certainly one of our personal who’s saying that I need to prepare in that stadium, that places us beneath lots of stress to make sure we prioritize Ijebu-Ode stadium as a result of we would like you to come back and be coaching in that stadium,” the governor added.
Whereas noting that his administration considers the function of ladies crucial in all spheres of human endeavor, he mentioned that the passing of a regulation to make sure the total emancipation of ladies within the state, is the start of an period the place girls get extra accountability.
The governor who famous that youths within the nation can mix each sports activities and training with none disturbance, referred to as on youths within the nation to borrow a clue from the world champion who mixed each and is doing nicely for herself.
Abiodun additional described athletics as an avenue the place self-discipline, management expertise and inter-personal relationships might be learnt, including that “Tobi has been capable of succeed by lots of self-discipline, exhausting work, persistence and lots of religion in her means”.
The governor burdened that his administration views the Sport Ambassador and world champion as a degree of contact for different youths within the nation who’ve misplaced religion in what hardwork, persistence, religion and diligence can obtain.
He famous that the story of the World, Commonwealth and African Champion would additional educate those that nonetheless take a look at the mixture of sports activities and training as a waste of time.
In her remarks Tobi Amusan, whereas acknowledging the assist of Governor Abiodun in the direction of her success, referred to as on the Federal Authorities to do extra for athletes.
“All due to my governor for supporting me and I really feel just like the Federal Authorities can do the identical in relation to supporting athletes financially,” she mentioned.
Her coach, Abiola Onakoya, additionally famous that the world champion is already giving again to the society by an athletics improvement programme named Tobi Abiola Athletics Improvement in Ogun State.
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