The Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 elections, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Nigerian athletes for their medals haul at the just-concluded 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Okowa’s felicitation was contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday in Asaba.
He particularly extolled World record breaker, Tobi Amusan, for her gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles, where she set a new Commonwealth record.
Amusan also led Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha to a historic gold medal in women’s 4x100m relay.
Okowa hailed the home-girl Ese Brume, who won a gold medal and set a new Commonwealth record in Long Jump.
The governor expressed great delight at the marvellous performances of other gold medalists: Adijat Olarinoye, Rafiatu Lawal (Weightlifting), Chioma Onyekwere (Discus Throw) and Alice Oluwafemiayo (Powerlifting).
He also haled other medalists: Adekuoroye Odunayo, Oborodudu Blessing and Genesis Mercy (Wrestling), and Para-Athletes: Goodness Nwachukwu (Women’s Discus) and Eucharia Iyiazi (Women’s Shot Put).
He said: “The athletes took Team Nigeria’s gold medal haul to12, the best in the history of Nigeria’s participation at the Games.
“I am quite elated with the sterling performances of the Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games.”
Okowa said that the athletes victoriously transited, with the winning spirit, from the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Okowa commended the athletes for their patriotism, determination and hard work, which propelled them to the superb outing at the Games, etching Nigeria high in the world’s psyche in spite of challenges back home.
He added: “On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate these great compatriots for making our country proud.
“And I again, urge every Nigerian to imbibe this winning spirit and attitude in every facet of our livelihood to make Nigeria attain the greatness God had programmed it for, given its endowment in human and natural resources.
“It is only such conquering mentality and patriotic heroism that can engender the much-needed change for a better nation that Nigerians earnestly yearn for.
“Once more, congratulations to Team Nigeria and all participating athletes and coaches for this great honour.”