Vice chairman, the Senate Committee on Youths and Sports development, Senator Kola Balogun, has described the just-ended Commonwealth Games (CWG), held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, as both exciting and historical.
Balogun, who witnessed the closing ceremony of the 22nd edition of the Games, stated while reacting to the exploits of the Team Nigeria.
‘Team Nigeria’ amassed 12 Gold, 9 Silver and 14 Bronze, making a total of 35 medal haul at the end of the fiesta.
The gold medal haul is the highest at a single Commonwealth Games for Team Nigeria, representing its best performance ever and the impressive outing also made it to place 7th on the medal table and it was ranked as the best in the African Continent.
Balogun, who represents Oyo South Senatorial District, thanked God for the feat and called for more support for sports development.
He said the result is clear that the story of Nigeria is not all about banditry and kidnapping.
“I thank God for the grace of excellent outing of the Team Nigeria. This is a feat we have not been able to achieve in 28 years.
“With the number of gold, silver and bronze medals that we are walking away with, and having come 7th out of the 72 parcipating nations in the overall result, it is evidently clear that the story of Nigeria is not just all about banditry and kidnapping.
“On behalf of the leadership of the National Assembly, I congratulate our patriotic, highly skillful and courageous athletes and the Federal Government as, ably represented by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports development under the leadership of our performing Honourable Minister, Honourable Sunday Dare.
“I also heartily congratulate all Nigerians and, indeed, the stakeholders in the youth and sports development sector of our national life,” he said.
However, he charged government at all levels and other critical stakeholders to encourage athleticism in the youths by adequately funding the sector.
“This is really a wake up call to our government at all levels on the need to encourage the passion for athleticism in our youth with adequate funding of this sector.
“Aside from the fact that sport is one instrument of unity in our country, it is also an instrument for nation building and economic diversification. God bless the Federal Republic Of Nigeria,” he said.