Gov. Dapo Abiodun rewards Tobi Amusan N5m, house, appoints her youth ambassador

The Executive Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has rewarded a house and a sum of N5 million to Tobi Amusan, the world record holder in women’s 100m hurdles.

Amusan, who is the current Diamond League (DL) women’s 100m champion, was also appointed youth ambassador of the state.

Amusan received the award at the Ogun State Government House, Abeokuta on Tuesday where she and her management team met with Governor Dapo Abiodun.

While receiving Amusan, Abiodun commended her doggedness, resilience, and determination to excel, urging other youths to emulate her and develop their natural talents.

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“We are going to be presenting you with one of those homes in Ijebu-Ode. We are rest assured that you will come back home and live in Ijebu Ode,” the governor said.

“We will be giving you a small token. Now you are a big girl, we are only a state government. No matter who you are, you can’t be bigger than your state. It’s not the quantum of what we are giving you but the thoughts that come with it. We are donating to you the sum of N5 million today.”

The governor announced the rewards on his Twitter handle following the visitation of the athlete to his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Tuesday.

“My adopted daughter and world-record-holding athlete, Tobi Amusan, paid me a courtesy visit in Oke-Mosan this morning,” the tweet reads.

The reward comes a few weeks after she was conferred with the Order of the Niger (OON) honour by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Amusan had an illustrious 2022 season where she became the first Nigerian to become a world champion in athletics and stormed to a world record en route.

The 25-year-old then went on to claim the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, setting another record.

The Nigerian’s season wrapped up with the retention of her DL crown in Zurich last month.

Dapo Abiodun reiterated his administration’s resolve to invest in sports facilities to breed more champions that will make the state proud, according to channelstv.

The Ogun governor equally took a swipe at his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, saying he did not make sports development a priority while in office.

Abiodun blamed neglect as the major factor cause of the dilapidated structure of the state-owned stadium in Ijebu-Ode.

In her remarks, the world champion called for more investments at all levels towards the discovery of more talents in the country.

She equally pleaded with the governor to revamp the stadium in the Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State.

On why she made the request, Amusan explained that owing to the poor nature of the state-owned facility, she is forced to train in Lagos State.

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