Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has rewarded Chioma Oparah, who was the first Nigeria Olympic medalist, which she won 25 year ago, with a 3-bedroom apartment promised her by the military administrator of Lagos state Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
Going down memory lane, former military administrator of state Olagunsoye Oyinlola had promised to give Ajunwa a house for her fantastic feat of winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games.
At last, the present governor of Lagos state has redeemed the pledge by presenting the key to 3-bedroom apartment to Ajunwa in a ceremony recently in Lagos.
Governor Sanwoolu described Ajunwa s feat as historic, adding that it helped in improving Nigerian s image and further heighten the hopes of young athletes in the country.
the governor further said, ‘when Dr Chioma Ajunwa Oparah represented the country in the 19196 Olympic games some promises were made and very typical of us as a people we forget, I have met and kept the promises of my predecessor in ensuring that our athletes get what they deserved’ the governor said during the presentation.
‘She has remained a good reference point for sport journalism and everything that relates to sport in our country, she is a true demonstration of can-do spirit, which reflects her decision to serve the country as a police officer after attaining a coveted position on an international sporting platform.
‘we will continue to use her as a testimony to give woman a strong voice and good representation in our sports organization, we have made it compulsory to reserve 30 p[percent of positions to our women in boards of sports organization in Lagos