The government of Edo State have concluded plans to shut down the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged Edo 2020, by 12 noon today.
The reason for this, according to the government, is over the refusal of the Federal Government to support the state with fund as promised.
A project manager in the Media and Communication Sub-Committee for the games, Mr Musa Ebomhiana, who disclosed the decision to shut down to newsmen late Wednesday night, added that the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), under the headship of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu.
“You can quote me; we just finished 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),” Ebomhiana said.
“The Federal Government has reneged on their promise of assisting the state with fund and for that, we are closing the festival,” he stressed.
Late on Wednesday night, the LOC issued an official statement where it threatened to abruptly close the fiesta by midday Thursday should the Federal Government fail to honour its earlier promise of financial assistance.
The statement reads: “The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021 for lack of funds.
“Rising from an emergency meeting this evening, the LOC says it has to take this hard decision due to lack of funds having expended its reserves to kick start the games.
“Regrettably, the FG is yet to redeem its pledge to support us as the host state financially for the cost of postponements. So, we are left with no option but to end the games at noon tomorrow.”