Ministry of sports places mother of late Rashidi Yekini on N10,000 monthly stipend

Mother of late Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, has been placed on a monthly stipend of N10,000 by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

Mr Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, disclosed this at Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara on Wednesday, when he donated Ramadan gifts on behalf of the minister to the aged mother.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the minister donated the sum of N50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to Yekini’s mother.

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Some of the items donated with the cash included a 50 kg bag of rice, 10 kg bag of wheat and six tins of Milo beverage drink.

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Shittu explained that it was not the first time the minister was reaching out to Alhaja Yekini as he was also at her residence in September, 2019.

He said that the Ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji.

Responding, Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister and prayed fervently for him.

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Rashidi who was named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993, had a professional career that spanned more than two decades and was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal.

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Besides playing for Nigeria, Yekini also played in six other countries including Ivory Coast.

Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international from 58 games and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country’s first-ever goal in the competition against Bulgaria in the USA ’94 World Cup.

The late Super Eagles striker died in Ibadan on May 4, 2012 after retiring from football.


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