The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has honoured the athletes who won medals for the FCT during the just concluded 20th National Sports Festival held in Edo State.
The athletes were honoured during the 12th FCT sports award night held at the Cyprian Ekwensi Center for Arts and Culture, Abuja.
It was revealed that gold medalists were given N400,000, the silver medalists were given N250,000 and bronze medalists smiled home with N150,000.
In his remarks, the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare commended the state governments and the FCT administration for celebrating their athletes.
“I am proud to identify with the athletes here several months after the Edo 2020. I see states still celebrating and rewarding the athletes. We see Bayelsa, Edo, Delta, Plateau celebrating their athletes. That’s the regime we want where governors will be celebrating their athletes. The future of our sports development is in the hands of these young ones,” he said.
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mr Olusade Adesola who represented the FCT minister of state, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu said the government was instrumental to the athlete’s success.
“It is their own career; we are only encouraging them to support them. We count them as government responsibilities. We camped them, transported them, rewarded them at government expenses. We provide an enabling environment that added up to them winning medals. What we should look forward to it is to build on what they have achieved so that they can achieve more,” he said.