Oyo-born Tawakalitu Yekeen won a gold medal at the just concluded 7th Edition of African Continental Track Cycling Championship in Cairo, Egypt.
Tawakalitu who was at the office of the Oyo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Asiwaju Seun Fakorede recently thanked those who have contributed to her achievement, most especially her mother who has been her backbone and hero.
While appreciating Tawakalitu for representing the State well at the tournament, Hon. Fakorede appreciated her coaches who he described as a power house that were behind her success as she won two gold and one silver medals.
The commissioner noted that it has become a norm, especially since the present administration in Oyo State to recognize and celebrate its outstanding athletes publicly, so as to serve as motivation and inspiration to others.
“For you to have achieved so much in just one tournament, it shows that there are more achievements waiting for you and I use this moment to assure Miss Tawakalitu Yekeen here and other youths that are making us proud in the field of sports and other areas in this State that we got your back.
“The present administration in Oyo State will not relent in supporting people that will bring sporting glories to the State, facilities are already being turned around to make training and preparations for athletes to succeed,” he assured.
He stated that the present administration would do everything possible to provide basic amenities, welfare and facilities for the promotion of sporting activities and progress of youths in the State.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mr. Oludele Oyadeyi commended Tawakalitu for making the State proud, charging other youths to emulate her hard work.
While giving the votes of thanks, the General Manager, Oyo State Sports Council, Mr. Gboyega Makinde appreciated the State Government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde for the support the sector was getting from the governor.
He assured that more Nigerian youths in sports were still being discovered and government would not fail in discovering them for national and international competitions.
In her response, Tawakalitu thanked those who have contributed to her achievement, most especially her mother who has been her backbone and hero.
Some of those at the event are the Chairman, Oyo State Sport Council, Honourable Gbenga Oyewusi, Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Sports, Honourable Tobi Oyewusi, Director Sport Administration, Mrs. Olubisi Adegoke, Mr Kehinde Ojelowo and other directors from the Ministry.