Among those rewarded by the President Buhari was the World Scrabble champion, Wellington Jighere, who got 1.5 Million Naira while his coach got 1.2 Million naira with team officials getting 450 thousand naira each.
The Golden Eaglets, who won the FIFA Under 17 Championship in 2015 for a record 5th time got 1..2 million Naira each with Coach Emmanuel Amuneke getting 900 thousand Naira while his assistant coaches got 600 thousand naira with other team officials getting between 200, 000 to -300,000 naira respectively.
Africa’s Under 23 champions, the Dream Team VI were also rewarded with 500,000 Naira each for qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics while the National basketball team, D’Tigers got 600 thousand Naira each for winning the FIBA Africa Champions title with team officials getting the same amount for their record feat on the continent.
The Under 16 female basketball team that won silver at the U16 FIBA AFRICA championship got 600 thousand naira each
Other athletes rewarded at the event includes members of the 1985 Golden Eaglets squad who after 30 years were eventually rewarded by the government after promises made to the team was not fulfilled by successive governments. Each member of the squad got 2 million naira from the government while their coaches got 1.5 million naira each.