By Shola Akingboye 8th April, 2023
The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shuaibu has directed that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Main Organising Committee (MOC) offices of the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin be shut down, following yesterday’s revelation that the state has no more funds to prosecute the festival.
Addressing journalists inside the media centre at the Ogbe stadium yesterday, Shuaibu said the decision was taken because the state can no longer be able to feed the athletes because it cannot afford the bills any longer.
The festival organizing committee said in a statement after an emergency meeting on Wednesday night that the decision to halt the festival “abruptly” was “hard”.
“Regrettably, the FG is yet to redeem its pledge to support us as the host state financially for the cost of postponements,” the LOC said. “So, we are left with no option than to end the games at noon tomorrow.”
The State had solicited support from the Federal Government for it to host to the sports festival.
The 20th NSF has suffered some postponements due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Edo State hinged its demand on the inconveniences brought about by the several postponements of the festival which was earlier billed for March 2020.
The rescheduled festival had commenced on April 2 and was to last till April 14.