Commonwealth: Ambode urges preparation
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode says adequate preparation remained the only panacea for Nigerian athletes to perform exceptionally well at the Commonwealth Games taking place in Australia in 2018, assuring that every effort would be geared towards giving them necessary facilities to prepare.
Speaking at the Lagos House in Ikeja after receiving the Queen’s Baton, the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games, Governor Ambode assured that the state government would revamp all the sporting facilities in the state and make them available for use by athletes representing Nigeria at the Games.
The Governor, who was particularly happy to receive the baton at Lagos House, congratulated the people of Australia for being the proud host of the Commonwealth Games, adding that the development was a wake-up call to Nigerians.
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On his part, the minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, who led the delegation to the Lagos House alongside President of Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel and Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Lehmann, among others, thanked the Lagos state government for the reception and other plans at ensuring the best of preparation towards the coming games next year.
The Minister specifically promised collaboration of the Federal Government with any state that is ready to assist in facilitating better sporting activities in their states for the benefit of the country.