To ensure successful outing for Nigeria at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said the government will make adequate resources available for athletes’ preparation for the championship.
He made the promise after receiving the Queen’s Baton at the Presidential Villa from the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi.
Noting that Nigeria has won medals in every Commonwealth Games it has participated in, he said that sports do not only build character but a veritable tool for sustaining unity in Nigeria.
According to him, the period under his administration has been a glorious time in Nigeria’s sporting activities.
Jonathan said: “This period you will all agree with me has been a glorious time in our sporting activities. Nigerians are therefore expecting a much better performance in Glasgow. We will therefore send a compact and powerful team of athletes. I assure you that government will ensure that adequate resources are made available for the training and participation of all the athletes going to the games.
“I therefore urge all our sportsmen and women, coaches and other officials to intensify their efforts in preparation of the games.”
Urging all Nigerians to give adequate support to the development of sports in the country, he said: “sports as we all know not only builds character but is a veritable tool for sustaining unity of our great nation.”
“It is a great pleasure to receive the Queens Barton for the 20th Commonwealth games that will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 23rd of July this year to 3rd August. I was informed that the relay was personally flagged off by the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Second on 9th October 2013 at Buckingham palace London.”
“Furthermore I can understand the Barton is expected to move round the 71 countries and territories of the commonwealth thereby collecting over a third of the world population. It is gratifying that Nigeria as part of the Commonwealth family is fully involved in the Queens battle relay which is one of the great traditions of the commonwealth games.”
“I have no doubt that the Queens Barton symbolizes the shared ideals of the Commonwealth of Nations and provides a unique opportunity for us to share in the excitement of the commonwealth games. I believe it also plays the important role of creating awareness of the games amongst sports loving people and citizens of the commonwealth.”