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Committee Threatens To Halt National Sports Festival Over Lack Of Funds

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) under the leadership of Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu has threatened to halt the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) over lack of funds.

A project manager in the Media and Communication Sub-Committee for the games, Musa Ebomhiana, made this disclosure on Wednesday evening.

He said that the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the committee over the refusal of the Federal Government to support the state with the fund as promised.

According to him, the Edo State Government will shut down the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival by 12 noon on Thursday (today).

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

“Rising from an emergency meeting this evening, 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 FG 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 State had solicited support from the Federal Government for it to host to the sports festival.

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