The Minister of Youths and Sports development, Mr. Sunday Dare has made a cash donation of N50,000 to Mrs. Janet, the mother of Late Samuel Okwaraji who died while playing for Nigeria.
In addition, the minister placed the matriarch on monthly allowance just few days after extending the same gesture to the mother of Late Rashidi Yekini, Hajia Sikiratu.
The Minister who was represented by Bamidele Ajayi at the home of the late Eagles star in Abakpa-Nike in Enugu state donated various food stuffs and provisions as well as cash gift of #50,000.
The other items donated included rice, Semovita, and beverages.
The Minister explained that the gesture is to assist the mother in her old age as a mark of honour for the contribution of her son to the country.
He said “I have always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who live their lives to elevate the status of their community and nation. Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot.
“He was a great professional who redefined football in Nigeria with many young talents benefiting from his ingenuity and sacrifices by re-writing our country name in gold in world football”.
Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwarajis, Mr. Patrick Okwaraji regretted that their mother was slightly indisposed hence she could not receive the minister’s representative. He therefore expressed the family appreciation for the kind gesture.
Mr. Patrick Okwaraji said he lacked the words to describe the gesture from a serving minister to lend support to the family after several past attempts had failed.
“Sam died almost 30 years ago. Everybody would appreciate, if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and appreciated for the little contributions he made even as he died in his prime,” he said.
SOURCE: Google news