Oyo State Government has presented instant financial rewards to the state’s athletes who have so far won medals at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Edo State.
Presenting the cash awards to the medalists at the camp of Team Oyo, University of Benin, Chairman, Oyo State Sports Council, Chief Gbenga Adewusi said the gesture was to encourage other athletes to win more medals.
Chief Adewusi said the move is apart from the financial rewards to be showered on the medalists when they return to Oyo State, and that it was the idea of Governor Seyi Makinde.
Chief Adewusi said five thousand naira courtesy of his office and another five thousand naira from the General Manager of the State Sports Council, Mr Gboyega Makinde were added to the twenty thousand naira approved by the state government as instant rewards to gold medalists.
Two gold medalists were presented with thirty thousand naira each, four silver medalists were given ten thousand naira each while eighteen bronze medalists were presented five thousand naira each.