Posted by News Express | 30 August 2017 | 1,321 times
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held in the council chambers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The failure of the council to meet last week had sparked speculations that the President, who recently returned from a medical vacation in London, was not fit enough to attend the meeting. The Presidency, however, swiftly dismissed the speculations and concerns over the health of Buhari, explaining that the FEC meeting was not scheduled to hold.
Shortly before the commencement of the meeting, President Buhari received and rewarded the victorious D’Tigress players with N1 million each and N500,000 each for their officials.
He urged the team to remain focused and work towards winning the forthcoming 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister of Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, attributed the achievement of the D’Tigress in Mali to the “silent reforms’’ embarked upon by his ministry.
He said that his ministry was determined to restore the old glory of sports in the country.
President Buhari had on Monday congratulated the team for winning the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket tournament in Mali and qualifying for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Buhari joined other sports-loving Nigerians in saluting the heroic performance of the victorious D’Tigress over their Senegalese counterpart in the final of the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket tournament on Sunday.
The President commended the players for displaying “uncommon strength, confidence He urged members of the team and their handlers to remain focused and dedicated even as they prepared for greater glory to Nigeria at the forthcoming FIBA World Cup.
President Buhari assured the team, its managers and the Nigeria Basketball Federation of his support and that of the Federal Government to ensure that they excel against other top competitors in Spain.
D’Tigress walloped their Senegalese counterparts 65-48 points to beat them a second time in the championship. The team recorded no loss in all their games to the final in the 2017 edition after they had won it last in 2005. They first won it in 2003. (NAN/Channels)
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