Members of the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to donate the sum of N50,000 each to Team Nigeria athletes who took part in the recently concluded Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as a token of their appreciation for an outstanding performance.
The lawmakers made this decision during their Wednesday plenary. The House also resolved to invite the paralympians to one of their sessions as a mark of honour.
The House took the decision to make the donations totalling N18 million subsequent to a motion sponsored by Ayo Omidiran (APC-Osun), stating that members of Team Nigeria having won 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals to finish in 17th place overall are worthy of being celebrated.
Omidiran said members of the team, though physically-challenged, did what has never been done in the history of Nigerian sports, which was why she said they needed the support and encouragement of the House.The house commended the paralympians for emerging the best delegates from Africa at the sporting event.