Nigeria's Minister of Youth and Sports has received the first Nigerian male and female marathoners to reach the finish line at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which took place in Lagos at the weekend.

The Minister, Solomon Dalung presented the sum of five hundred thousand naira each to Iliya Pam and Deborah Pam who emerged best Nigerian runners and an additional one hundred thousand naira each to the 8 year and 6 year old sisters Damilola and Bimpe Oluwaseyi who both completed the 10km race.

While presenting the monetary awards to the athletes, the minister congratulated the runners for making Nigeria proud.

He said the money was to encourage them to train and perform better at the next edition.

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"This gesture is in fulfillment of the commitment we made to reward athletes who excel in their different fields.

"It is not acceptable for foreign athletes to always come and cart away the prize money.

"We have the facilities and we urge you to train harder so that in the next two editions you will be one of the first three runners.

In a vote of thanks, the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gusau thanked the Minister for setting the record as first sitting Minister to recognize the efforts of the marathoners.

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