Rio Olympics: Buhari orders immediate release of funds to Team Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate release of funds budgeted for Nigeria’s successful participation in the Rio Olympics in Brazil.

President Buhari gave the order at the official handover of Team Nigeria to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) at the State House, Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the order became imperative given the Federal Government’s commitment to Nigeria’s successful outing in Brazil.

The President, however, warned the athletes against any act capable of tarnishing the country’s image and charged them to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.

“Let me equally assure you that the Federal Government is fully committed to our delegation’s successful participation in the Rio Olympic Games and will ensure that funds budgeted for the Games are released without further delay.

“We are all aware of our nation’s dwindling revenue and the current global economic challenges.

“It is therefore imperative that funds provided for the Games are utilized judiciously.

“In this regard, any official who has no business at the Games should stay at home to cheer the team from here and if they must travel to the Olympics, they should do so at their own expense.

“As the Federal Government formally hands over our athletes and officials for the Rio Olympics to the Nigeria Olympic Committee today, I want to charge all athletes and team officials going to the Olympic Games to be worthy ambassadors of our great country, both on the field of play and outside the sporting arena.

“The eyes of the global community are on you and as such, you should desist from acts that could dent the image of our great country, Nigeria.”

Buhari observed that apart from qualifying for the Olympic Games, Nigerian athletes also qualified for the Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Games comes up immediately after the Olympic Games.

He congratulated all the athletes on …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper