The Federal Government has fulfilled his promise to former Super Eagles coach, Bonfrere Jo who led the Dream Team to win the Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold medal.
The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola handed over a three- bedroom apartment to the Dutchman after 22 years located at Gwagwalada area of Abuja.
Fashola while speaking at a brief handing over ceremony said the gesture by the Nigeria government will go a long way to inspire the Super Eagles at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He said, “Let me on behalf of the President apologize to you that it has taken so long for the Nigerian government to come through. We thank you for your contribution to the development of our country, our youth, football and to say that it is better late than never. Nigeria always comes through, we have come through for you.
“It is proper that with just a few days to another World Cup, Nigeria fulfils and redeems this pledge and I hope that this will serve as an inspiration to our players going to the World Cup and the officials that this government will be there for you all the way.
“Ordinarily, this ought to be a short meeting but if it takes 22 years for the government of the country to respond to its citizens, it must assume a news-making event.
“This is consistent with the commitment that the President has made that once again, he will make Nigerians proud of their country.
“This country should always be there to respond to the needs and expectations of the citizens.”
While accepting the apartment, elated Bonfrere Jo thanked the Federal Government 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.