Federal govt denies knowledge of Edo stopping sports festival

The Government of Nigeria has reacted to the decision by the Edo State government to stop the National Sports Festival due to lack of funds.

Recall that the Edo 2020 sports fiesta Local Organising Committee had announced that the national sports festival billed to end on the 14th of this month will now end on Thursday, 8 April due to lack of support from the federal government.

But Ramon Balogun, the Assistant Director, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, in a statement said the federal government was unaware of any threat by the state government to shut down the sports festival.

The Ministry also said that it is expected that the Edo State Government would formally invite them for a meeting should any urgency exist around the National Sports Festival.

“The Ministry of Youths and Sports Development has clarified that the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, is going on as planned with competitions going on as scheduled.

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“The Ministry and the Main Organizing Committee for the festival are unaware of any plans or threat by the Edo State Government to shut down the sports festival as there has been no official meeting that relayed such information.

“The Honourable 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,” the statement said.

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