President Muhammadu Buhari Today 21st Jan 2016 rewarded members of the nation’s Under-16 Football Team that won the 1985 FIFA Championship when he was military Head of State.


He announced a reward of N2m each to the players that included Fatai Atere, Nduka Ugbade, Jonathan Akpoborie, Baldwin Bazuaye, Victor Igbinoba and late Kingsley Aikiobare among others.
Buhari announced the rewards at a presidential reception organised for outstanding athletes/officials who did Nigeria proud in recent sports competitions.


The event was held inside the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari however caused a stir when he first mistakenly announced rewards of N200m each for the players.


He said:
As you are all aware, the financial resources of our nation have been dwindling since last year. Hence what we are offering you today, is not payment or compensation for winning laurels for your country, rather, it is a token of appreciation for your efforts and patriotism while competing for your fatherland.

In this connection, I have the honour, on behalf of the Government and sports loving Nigerians to announce the following as token of our appreciation to our sports ambassadors:

2015 World Wrestling Championship
Beneficiaries
Amount
Wrestler (Bronze medallist)
₦1,200,000.00
Coaches
₦600,000.00


FIBA 2015 Male Afro-Basketball Champions, D’ Tigers

Beneficiaries
Amount
Players (Gold medallists)
₦600,000.00
Coaches
₦600,000.00
Team Officials
₦250,000.00


2015 FIBA Africa U-16 Female Championship
Beneficiaries
Rate
Players (Silver medallists)
₦400,000.00
Coaches
₦400,000.00
Team Officials
₦150,000.00


2015 IPC Asian Open International Powerlifting Championship
Beneficiaries
Rate
Gold Medallists
₦600,000.00
Silver Medallists
₦450,000.00
Coaches
₦450,000.00
Team Officials
₦250,000.00

World English Language Scrabble Champion
Beneficiaries
Rate
Player (Gold Medallist)
₦1,500,000.00
Coach
₦1,200,000.00
Team Secretary
₦450,000.00

WBC Silver Cruiser Weight Title
Beneficiary
Rate
Winner (Title Holder)
₦1,500,000.00

2015 CAF U-23 Cup of Nations Champions
Beneficiaries
Rate
Players (Gold Medallists)
₦500,000.00
Head Coach
₦500,000.00
Assistant Coaches
₦300,000.00
Other Team Officials
₦300,000.00

2015 FIFA U-17 Male Football Champions
Beneficiaries
Rate
Players (Gold Medallists)
₦1,200,000.00
Head Coach
₦900,000.00
Assistant Coaches
₦600,000.00
Team Secretary
₦300,000.00
Medical Team
₦300,000.00
Other Officials
₦200,000.00

1985 FIFA U-17 Male Football Champions
Beneficiaries
Rate
Players (Gold Medallists)
₦2,000,000.00
Coaches
₦1,500,000.00

Late Aikhionbare’s Next of Kin should collect his money on behalf of his family.

Thank you all and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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