Ministry pays for Oshonaike surgery


Tennis star, Funke Oshonaike has commended the Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare after months of going through agonising  pains due to a tooth tumour.

The Queen can smile  again, following  the intervention  of  the Minister, who footed  part of the bill for the surgery. 

Oshonaike had appealed for financial  assistance from the Minister to enable her undergo the surgery, saying  she had exhausted her purse on previous procedures.

In a message sent to the Minister, Oshonaike said   ‘Thank you very  much my Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare  for your love and care. I have never been shown so much love and care by any  Minister of sports in Nigeria. 

‘I am so overwhelmed with joy. I will never forget your kind gesture sir. Thanks for what you have done for me. I almost gave up. I was so scared  because they told me I could lose all my teeth if the surgery was not done on time. 

‘I went through a lot of pains in the Olympic  qualifiers. I was scared I may not even qualify. Thanks be to God Almighty I not only qualified, but the surgery was successful. May God  meet you at the point of your needs for what you are doing for Nigerian sports’, she said.

The Minister had said the welfare of athletes, whether active or retired remains the  focal point of the Ministry’s policy.


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