The former Speaker of the House of Rep-resentatives who com-mended President Good-luck Jonathan for listing some of the country’s outstanding weightlifters among the recipients of national honours for the year said the action will ginger others to excel in their sports.
“In conferring this honour on deserving persons without dis-crimination in status Mr. President has indeed departed from the past where only the high and mighty were recognized and awarded natio-nal honours.
“He has sent a strong signal to every Nigerian that this nation will hence-forth appreciate its distinguished men and women at whatever level. This gesture will motivate our weightlifters to win more laurels for Nigeria,” he added.
The NWF president congratu-lated the award recipients, the Commonwealth Gold medallists in Weightlifting Maryam Usman and Oluwatoyin Adesanmi, for distinguishing themselves in sports and other spheres of interest and urged them to consider the national recognition as a tonic for greater service to their fatherland and mankind in general.