Allowances have been a source of contention for Nigerian athletes ©Getty Images

Nigeria's Government is paying out cash rewards to the country's medallists from the ongoing African Games in Morocco.

Payments have been made through the Ministry of Youth and Sport, with gold earning $3,000 (£2,500/€2,700).

Silver medallists won $2,000 (£1,600/€1,800), with $1,000 (£800/€900) going to those with bronze.

Olusade Adesola, the permanent secretary of the Sports Ministry, was on hand at the Games Village in capital Rabat where most of the events are taking place.

"As a Ministry we shall continue to fulfil the commitment of Government to each and every one of you in line with the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari," the Daily Trust reported. 

The payments come after Nigerian athletes reportedly rejected the Sports Ministry's daily allowance offer of $100 (£82.50/€90).

The payments come after a reported dispute over daily allowances ©Getty Images
The payments come after a reported dispute over daily allowances ©Getty Images

Nigerian newspaper Punch reported that athletes were not prepared to settle for less than $150 (£123/€135) after receiving that figure at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville.

One athlete also claimed a camp allowance of NGN3,000 (£6.80/$8.30/€7.50) issued prior to the 2015 Games had been cut to just N1,500 (£3.40/$4.15/€3.75).

Morocco is hosting this year's Games at short notice amid claims the continental event has lost its former prestige. 

They agreed to step in when Equatorial Guinea pulled out over financial problems last year.

The Opening Ceremony was on August 19 and the Games will run until Saturday (August 31).

Twenty-six sports are on the programme, with 54 countries and 6,500 athletes competing.