Former queen of the track, Mary Onyali has vowed to keep Olajide Fashikun’s legacy at the National Sports Development Funds Incorporated (NSDFI).
Onyali made his promise during the burial ceremony of the former NSDFI director general, Olajide Fashikun on Wednesday in his country home, Obbo-Aiyegunle, in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Onyali said,”late Fashikun brought me back home from the US to start the NSDFI project 12 years ago. Although he is no more, I’ll make sure I fulfill the dream.”
Onyali (left) also announced the bid by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to give university scholarship to Femi, the 17 year old son of the deceased, even as she pledged her support for the other children.
Late Fashikun, who was until his demise, the Managing Editor of Gong news, an online news outfit died in the early hours of Sunday at the Federal Medical centre, Abuja, at the age of 53.
The Kwara State government, represented by the Director of Sports, Mallam Tunde Kazeem, while condoling the family, described late Fashikun as an administrator who lived an exemplary life.
In the same vein, Ondo State government, represented by the State Commissioner for Sports, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, while praising the late Fashikun for his efforts at developing sports and youths, supported the family with cash donations, promising more support for the family.
National President of SWAN, Honour Sirawoo represented by a National official of the Association, Alloy Chukwuemeka described the deceased as a courageous, workaholic and a freedom fighter, who always stood by truth and justice.
Late Fashikun survived by aged mother, wife and four children.