By Solomon Nwoke
FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc has set a milestone that will see the Nigerian Paralympians well equipped to unleash their potentials at international sports submit by undertaking to refurbish the dilapidated Power Gymnasium at the National Stadium Lagos in which the paralympians train to win laurels for the country.
Speaking yesterday at the official take over of the gym, the Managing Director FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, Ben Langat noted that the story of the Paralympians is a story of will, drive, motivation and winning against all odds.
“Theirs is a story of triumph in spite of the limitations we face as a people. Their story underscores the fact that if you dream it you can achieve it. We believe that every Nigerian can reach for their peak. We intend to use their story to reach out to millions of Nigerians, encouraging them to explore their potentials regardless of whatever limitation they may face”, he said, appreciating the Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung for his approval of the partnership between Peak and the Nigerian Paralympics team.
Apart from the overall refurbishment of the gym and procurement of training equipment which took off yesterday, the partnership also includes provision of nutritional support which started last December with the monthly supply of Peak Milk to the team.
Responding, the Deputy Director and Head of Lagos Liaison office of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr Segun Akinlotan who represented the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung thanked FrieslandCampina WEMCO Nigeria Plc for coming to take over the refurbishment of the Powerlifting gym.
He said, “the effort of Peak Milk to renovate the gym is a welcome development which is in line with the private-public partnership drive of the federal government in achieving its developmental goals”.
Equally, the Head coach of the Nigerian Paralympics Powerlifting Team, Feyisetan Are described the gesture as the best thing that has happened to sports development in Nigeria in recent time adding that this would enhance the training process and enable a better performance from the team.