The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will henceforth pay the mother of Rashidi Yekini, Alhaja Sikiratu, a monthly stipend of ₦10,000.
Mr Olaitan Shittu, a representative of the Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, disclosed this at Ijagbo, near Offa in Kwara on Wednesday, when he donated Ramadan gifts on behalf of the minister to the aged mother.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the minister donated the sum of ₦50,000 as part of the Ramadan gifts to Yekini’s mother.
Shittu explained that it was not the first time the minister was reaching out to Alhaja Yekini as he was also at her residence in September, 2019.
He said that the Ministry would also be extending the same gesture to the mother of late Super Eagles player, Samuel Okwaraji.
Responding, Alhaja Yekini, who spoke in her local dialect (Yoruba), thanked the minister and prayed fervently for him.
“I have been abandoned for a long time and have not seen any help from anyone.
“I was hospitalised for few days some months ago and I did catered for myself despite scarce resources: even last month, I received treatment from the hospital.
“I need help from Nigerians, but this minister has done very well, especially remembering me in this holy month of Ramadan.
“Since my son died, it has been very tough for me because I do not have any help from people.
“Rashidi’s siblings are not doing well too, so, I was left to struggle for life everyday,” she said.