Edo Defies Federal Govt, Shuts Sports Festival Offices

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EDO 2021 National Sport Festival official mascot.

BEVERLY HILLS, April 08, (THEWILL) – The Edo State Government on Thursday ordered closure of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Main Organising Committee (MOC) offices of the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Benin City.

The State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shuaibu, directed that the LOC and MOC offices of the NSF in Benin be shut down, following yesterday’s report that the state has no more funds to prosecute the festival.

Addressing journalists inside the Media Centre at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, the State Deputy Governor,  Phillip Shuaibu, said the decision to shut down the LOC and MOC offices was because the state can no longer foot the bill of the NSF without the financial of the Federal government.

At an unscheduled media briefing, the deputy governor said that the state have no choice than to stop the festival abruptly.

His words: “Gentlemen of the press. We have ordered that the MOC office be shut down and if nothing positive from the Federal Government in terns of funds is heard before 12 noon tomorrow (Friday) we will discontinue the sports festival”, he stated

Edo had hinted on Wednesday’s night it might be forced to discontinue the almost one-week old NSF due to paucity of funds.

It alleged the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was yet to release its counter funding for the games.