The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has called for greater involvement of public spirited individuals and corporate organisations in the development of sports.
The governor made the call in Ado Ekiti when he announced a cash reward for outstanding athletes at the 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo State and the gold medalist who represented Nigeria at the just concluded World Athletics U-20 Championship in Kenya.
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Fayemi said his administration had set in motion necessary legal framework and policies that would enable private individuals to play an active role in the development of sports in the State.
At the event, Governor Fayemi announced as reward, the sum of N300,000 for each gold medal, N250,000 for silver and N200,000 for bronze.
The accompanying coaches were also given monetary rewards based on the performances of their athletes.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon Michael Awopetu, commended Dr Fayemi for demonstrating commitment to sports development by signing into law the Ekiti Sports Development Funds to develop sports in the state.
The Commissioner, who highlighted various achievements made in sports under Fayemi, attributed the feats to the strong political will to support sporting activities in the state.