Lagos State Governor, Â Â Â Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has approved plans of the state to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Sam Okwaraji, who is the first Nigerian footballer to die playing for the country.
To celebrate the footballer, the governor has ordered the rehabilitation of his statue located at the entrance of the National Stadium. In a statement issued in Alausa, the governor wants all Lagosians to wear any form of identification on Wednesday as a mark of honour to the late footballer.
On the same day, the governor will join Okwarajiâ€™s team mates at the Sam Okwaraji memorial Hall in front of the National Stadium at 4.00pm for a remembrance ceremony. The governor will in company of Okwarajiâ€™s colleagues proceed to the Teslim Balogun Stadium to take part in a match in honour of Sam Okwaraji between All Stars FC of Lagos and Teammates of late Okwaraji at 4:45 p.m.
The governor has also requested that all Lagosians and indeed Lagosians to come out in large numbers to honour our fallen hero.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Social Development invites all Media Houses to be part of this celebration.