Edo State threatens to end Sports Festival

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The Local Organising Committee,  has threatened to shut down the National Sports Festival for failure of the Nigerian Government to release funds.

Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, confirmed in a statement after a meeting of the LOC.

He said that the Nigerian Government had promised to make funds available for the sports festival before its commencement and it was because of the assurance that made the Local Organising Committee to go ahead with the Sports Festival.

However, seven days after the games started, the Nigerian Government was yet to fulfil the promise made to the Edo State Government.

As a result of this, the LOC wants to shut down the games by Thursday, if funds are not made available.

“The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly today, Thursday, April 8, 2021, for lack of funds.

“Rising from an emergency meeting , the LOC says it has to take this hard decision due to lack of funds having expended its reserves to kick start the games.

“Regrettably, the Nigerian Government is yet to redeem its pledge to support us as the host state financially for the cost of postponements. So, we are left with no option but to end the games at noon tomorrow,” the Statement read.

NP/Confidence Okwuchi

 

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