…Rewards Her Feat With House, N5m; Names Her Sports Ambassador
World, Commonwealth and African 100 metres champion, Tobi Amusa, was on Tuesday hosted by the governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who named her as the Ogun State Sports Ambassador.
A statement issued in Abeokuta by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Kunle Somorin, on Tuesday said that Governor Abiodun equally announced a cash reward of N5 million and a gift of a house in Ijebu Ode to the queen of the tracks.
Recall that the Governor Abiodun had on April 26, 2021 adopted the star athlete, whose exploits were made known to him by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare.
Speaking further at the event, held at his Oke Mosan Office, Governor Abiodun described Amusan as a role model to the girl-child and a practical example of a truism that what a man can do, a woman can even do better.
Prince Abiodun said, “So, you will be our Sports Ambassador; I am happy that you said you are not from any other state. You are from Ogun and not from Lagos and you want to come back home. We also want to ensure that you come back home.
“We want to assure you that as you come back home, you have a home here in the state. So, in view of that, we are also going to be presenting to you a home in Ijebu-Ode.
“On top of that, we will be giving you a small token, we will be donating to you a sum of five million naira.”
Governor Abiodun, who noted that his administration is on cause to give the Ijebu-Ode Stadium the necessary facelift it needs, said that the call by the star athlete to use the stadium to train whenever she is in the country would further prompt his administration to fast track the rehabilitation of the stadium.
He added, “We are in the process of rehabilitating a few of our sport facilities, I have spoken to the Minister of Sports and a few other people, but, now that we have one of our own, who is saying that ‘I want to train in that stadium,’ that puts us under a lot of pressure to ensure we prioritize Ijebu-Ode stadium; because we want you to come and be training in that stadium.”
Noting that his administration considers the role of women as very important in all spheres of human endeavors, Abiodun said that the passing of a law to ensure the full emancipation of women in the state is the beginning of an era where women get more responsibility.
The governor, who noted that youths in the country can combine both sports and education without any disturbance, called on youths in the country to borrow a clue from the world champion, who combined both and is doing well for herself.
Abiodun further described athletics as an avenue where discipline, leadership skills and inter-personal relationships can be learnt, adding that “Tobi has been able to succeed through a lot of discipline, hard work, persistence and a lot of faith in her ability.”
The governor stressed that his administration views the Sport Ambassador and world champion as a point of contact for other youths in the country, who have lost faith in what hardwork, persistence, faith and diligence can achieve.
He noted that the story of the world, Commonwealth and African champion would further educate those who still look at the combination of sports and education as a waste of time.
In her remarks, Amusan, while acknowledging the support of Governor Abiodun towards her success, called on the Federal Government to do more for athletes.
She enthused, “All thanks to my governor for supporting me and I feel like the Federal Government can do the same, when it comes to supporting athletes financially.”
Her coach, Abiola Onakoya, also noted that the world champion is already giving back to the society through an athletics development programme named Tobi Abiola Athletics Development in Ogun State.