The Federal Government has debunked the news that the ongoing National Sports Festival at Benin City will be suspended today.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development made this clarification in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Assistant Director of Press, Ramon Balogun, on Thursday to refute a recent statement by the Local Organising Committee (LOC).
The LOC on Wednesday night announced that it will end the festival abruptly today, Thursday, April 8, 2021, due to lack of funds.
According to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the festival are unaware of any plans or threat by the Edo State Government to shut down the sports festival.
“The Honorable Minister, Permanent Secretary and Directors are on ground in Benin City where the Festival is holding, and it is expected that the Edo State Government would formally invite the Ministry for a meeting should any urgency exist around the National Sports Festival or communicate officially with the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the festival. The Ministry has no such communication.
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.”