The Edo State government will call off the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) at 12 p.m. on Thursday due to the Federal Government’s failure to provide the state with promised funds.
Musa Ebomhiana, a project manager in the games’ media and communication sub-committee, revealed this.
The decision was made after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) chaired by state deputy governor Philip Shaibu, he said.
“You can quote me, we just finished from an emergency meeting of the LOC as I speak with you and we have decided to shut down the festival by 12 noon tomorrow (Thursday).
“The Federal Government has reneged on their promise of assisting the state with fund and for that, we are closing the festival,” he stated.
It would recalled that the state government had given condition of financial support from the Federal Government if it will play host to the other states of the federation.
Recall also that the 20th sport festival had suffered a number of postponements due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The festival, which began on April 2 in Benin City and will end on April 14, 2021, has been rescheduled.