Rio 2016 Paralympics: Reps donate N18m to victorious

Following the outstanding performance of the Nigerian paralympians at the recently concluded Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to contribute the sum of N18million as a mark of appreciation and encouragement to the athletes who made the nation proud.

The resolution followed a motion on matters of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Ayo Omidiran (APC, Osun).

Omidiran drew the attention of the House to the heroic performance by the Paralympians in the face of enormous physical, psychological and financial challenges under which their able bodied counterparts crashed at the Olympic games except in football where Nigeria won bronze.

lawmaker said: "Since the 7th Assembly, I have been at the forefront of appreciating our sports men and women whenever they go out and do well. Before the Rio 2016 Paralympics, there was the main Olympic event where our Team Nigeria made up of able bodied men and women participated and won just a bronze medal in football.

"But to the delight and surprise of everybody, they performed far better than their ablebodied counterpart as they won 12 medals comprising 8 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

"They emerged the best African nation at the Paralympics games. And based on this sheer display of patriotism, determination and commitment, I urge us to appreciate them by donating 50,000 naira each."

The other lawmakers, who spoke, appreciated the effort of the athletes and supported the gesture of N50, 000 each.
The contribution from the 360 federal lawmakers would amount to N18million.

The motion was unanimously approved via a voice vote after it was put to question by the presiding Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.
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