Ministers Host World U20 Championships Triumphant Nigerian Contingent

By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, along with three of his colleagues in the Federal Executive Council have hosted the triumphant Team Nigeria contingent at the just concluded World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dare, alongside Sadiya Farouk, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Dame Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs and Emeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education held a reception for the history making contingent at the Moshood Abiola Stadium.

At the brief ceremony, Sports Minister Dare praised the team for the unprecedented feat of finishing third (out of 116 countries) on the medals table, as well as recording Nigeria’s best ever medal haul of four Gold and three Bronze medals.

Dare said the giant strides witnessed at the Kenya meet would not have happened without hardwork and determination, stressing that the athletes are the future of the sport in Nigeria.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, speaks to Team Nigeria U20 athletes during reception

This is a position that was corroborated by the other Ministers who also poured encomiums on them for doing the nation proud.

The four Ministers were unanimous in affirming President Buhari’s statement on the team as a confirmation of the faith he has and the support given to young Nigerians who excel in their different areas of endeavour be it sports, education, politics or entertainment.

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