The Lagos State Government has fulfilled its promise to former Super Eagles player, Patrick Pascal who was part of the Dream Team that won the Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold medal.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu surprised Pascal who was among the three home-based players of the Atlanta 1996 football gold medalist, by giving him a new three-bedroom apartment in the 360 units Prince Abiodun Ogunleye Housing Estate in Igbogbo, Ikorodu.
Recall that the then Head of state Late General. Sani Abacha gifted the Olympic gold medalist team #1M and bestowed the team with Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) honour which also the Lagos state government led by Colonel Olagunsoye Oyinola also promised to do something meaningful to the team, which has now be fulfilled.
While accepting the apartment, elated Patrick Pascal thanked the Governor and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, and said the kind gesture would go a long way to encourage sportsmen and women to give their best to the nation with the knowledge that their achievements will not go unrewarded.
“I want to thank the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for fulfilling the promise made by the government then in 1996. Indeed, this kind gesture would inspire young Nigerians that their labour to the country will not go unrewarded.
“I also what to thank the President of The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick, for making it possible for the promise to be fulfilled. Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Youth & Social Development Mr. Agboola Dabiri, Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC). Mr. Olusola Aiyepeku, Chairman, Lagos State Football Association (FA), Seyi Akinwunmi and the players and officials of the current Super Eagles Team for their support. May God reward you all” he said.