Imo State has marginalised me —World record Holder


Rio  2016 Paralympic  Games gold medallist Lauretta Onye has  appealed to the Imo State Government to fulfil its promise to honour her, the News agency of Nigeria reports.

Onye lamented  the state  government omitted her from the list of the national  athletes  from the state  it rewarded  for winning medals.

“Governor Rochas Okorocha promised to reward athletes from the state who won medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, but I was not in Owerri when the other athletes were rewarded,” the para-athlete told the news men on Tuesday.

“I am a fan of the governor because of his kindness, but I am dissatisfied that he has yet to honour his promise to reward me, as he did to my colleagues since 2016.”

The 33-year-old F-40 shot putter added, “We are four from Imo State who participated in the Paralympics Games in Brazil and won medals in our events and classes, but only Roland Ezuruike, Ndidi Nwosu and Josephine-Precious Orji were rewarded by the state government.

“My case became different because I did not come back with the other athletes due to the fact that my event was still on when the others came home.

“I broke a world record before coming back to Nigeria. When I came back, I went to my state for the promise.

“Since then, it has been difficult seeing the governor. I never heard or received anything from my state government.”

Onye said  she had made fruitless efforts to see the governor.

She said, “I travelled from Lagos to Owerri on several occasions to keep appointments with the governor’s protocol officers, but at the end, they usually told me that the governor would not see me because of meetings and programmes.

The whole thing is making me to feel sad. I “feel I am marginalised.”

The news men reports that Onye also won Nigeria’s only medal in the 2015 International Paralympics Committee World Championships, Doha, with a throw of 8.40m.


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