Governor Jonah David Jang today in Government House Rayfield announced cash donations to Plateau athletes to Kada 2009 which ended on Wednesday 25, 2009 at Kaduna. Jang announced that every gold medal won will be rewarded by the sum of N200, 000, N150, 000 for every silver medal, and N100, 000 for every bronze medal. Further more athletes that came home without a medal will be given N10, 000 each. The officials are to share a total sum of N2.5 million naira. The two record breakers in 10, 000m marathon and pole vault are to be given an additional N100, 000 each
The athletes that total up to 281 persons excluding officials won a total of 50 medals out of which nineteen were gold, twelve silver and nineteen bronze, placing them on the ninth position on the medal table. This is despite the crisis that engulfed parts of Jos North and affected the athletes’ preparation. This have proven the government’s position of rewarding only productive persons against the culture of giving out money for mere sycophancy as has been the tradition in the past. This also means that the officials who number up to about one hundred and twenty will take home an average sum of about N21, 000 each, a radical deviation from the tradition of irrational tradition of paying officials more than the athletes.
Jang any athlete that could not get what is due him can write to his office to inform him