By Shola Akingboye, 8th April, 2021
The organisers of the ongoing National Sports Festival, the Edo State Government and the Federal government of Nigeria have reached a truce for parties to fulfill its roles to prevent the local organising committee from shutting down the games as earlier threatened by the host, the Edo state government.
This conclusion was arrived at on Thursday after an emergency meeting between the parties, following a decision by the host to suspend the games if the federal government cannot stand to its pact in line with its supportive roles expected to make the games a success.
RegentAfrica Times gathered that the games have since continue contrary to a threat to shut down the event as at 12 o’clock Thursday as earlier planned by the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki.
“For the records, the Edo State government due to the cost implications of postponements occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic requested financial assistance from the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development. The Ministry has since been at work to secure the financial assistance which it believes is being processed. The MYSD and EDSG are determined to deliver a successful National Sports Festival.”
The festival was officially flagged off on Tuesday after several postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic.