By Bamidele Boluwaji:
The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalong has assured that the 1985 and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets squads and other teams and athletes that made Nigeria proud in 2015 will be honoured in the third week of January, Complete sports Nigeria.com can report.
Speaking at the facilities inspection he conducted in Lagos on Monday, Dalung said the exact day in the third week of January has not been fixed but government is committed to rewarding the athletes who have brought hunour to the nation at various sporting events.
"Welfare of our athletes is very important to us and on this note I want to inform you that the 1985 Golden Eaglets will be honoured in the third week of the month, those athletes and teams that did the nation proud last year will also be honoured, " the minister said.
"A day will be approved to honour and reward them."
While speaking on the state of facilities in Lagos, the former athlete said the maintanace structure is very poor, saying there is a need to go back and take a drastic decision on what will happen to the facilities.
He however identified that the major reason why facilities maintance has not been effective was due to the short period past sports ministers have spent in office.
According to him, past sports ministers have only had the opportunity of serving for 18 months which is not enough for any policy on facilities maintanace to be effective.
"If I stay longer as a sports minister, I want to assure Nigerians that I will be able to put things in proper shape," Dalung said.
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