Obaseki takes FG to task over N500m pledge at Sports festival

Obaseki takes FG to task over N500m pledge at Sports festival


The Edo State, has urged the federal government not to poison the goodwill or weaken the solidarity of Nigerians over the delay in redeeming the outstanding N500 million pledged to the State.

The fund was the Federal government contribution for the hosting of the last edition of the National Sports Festival (NSF) hosted in Edo under the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the State governor made the appeal when he received the Edo 2020 Report from the Local Organising Committee, headed by his deputy, Mr. Philip Shaibu, at the Government House in Benin City.

Obaseki said: “I will talk on the issue of the outstanding N500 million that the Federal Government promised to contribute to the games. The Chief of Staff to the President made a commitment to the state government that the federal government will fulfill its pledge”.

The Governor declared that failure to fulfill the promise made by the federal government will not be encouraging to other States that would want to make a commitment to host the games in the future.

He said the state opted to host the festival at a difficult time when COVID-19 was ravaging the world, noting that the state hosted a successful sports fiesta against all odds.

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“We have set a new standard in games administration in Nigeria. Apart from improving infrastructure, building Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and 20 other mini stadia, the standard and conduct during the games have established clearly that the state has created a new era in terms of managing sporting festivals in the Country”.

He also commended the Local Organising Committee for the hosting of the sports tourney, adding that “most impressive for me is the prudent management of scarce resources.

“I want to thank the team for the discipline in procurement, management of finances and accountability.

“I thank the committee for a great performance in helping the state host a successful National Sports Festival”, he said.

Earlier in a remark, Shaibu thanked the governor for the opportunity given to members of the committee to serve in such a capacity, noting that the national competition was a great success.

The report of the LOC will be submitted to the Minister of Youths and Sports, as well as the 36 States of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, according to him.

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