The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has assured hosts of the 20th National Sports Festival, Edo State, that it will get the Federal Government’s financial support to ensure the Games continue as planned.
Edo State Government had announced that it would shutdown the Games by 12pm on Thursday over the non-release of funds from the Federal Government meant to support the hosts.
Project Manager, Media and Communications Sub-committee of the NSF, Musa Ebomhiana, on Wednesday said the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee headed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.
But the sports ministry’s Permanent Secretary, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Nebeolisa Anako, said that the minister, Sunday Dare, met with Governor Godwin Obaseki to acquaint him about the efforts being made to ensure the funds were released.
Anako said, “I can assure that Edo State will get the financial assistance from the Federal Government. The minister met with the Edo Governor earlier today (Thursday), while the Presidency also contacted him to confirm that the process of getting the funds is at an advanced stage.
“The ministry is yet to know how much the Federal Government will release to the host state. Also, if any money has been released, as the accounting officer of the ministry, I will know.
It’s certain that the Federal Government will support Edo State financially.”