Written by Morakinyo Abodunrin
The Edo state government has said it may be forced to halt the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) if the federal government does not meet the appropriate gaming fund.
The project manager, Media and Communications Ed 2020, Ebomhiana Musa, in a statement on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, said the decision to suspend the games was the result of a lack of funds.
The statement reads: “The local organizer, Edo2020, regretfully announces that it will abruptly stop the games tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021, due to lack of funds.
“Leaving the emergency meeting tonight, the LOC says that it must make this difficult decision due to the lack of funds that have spent their reserves to start the matches.
“Unfortunately, FG has yet to redeem its conspiracy to financially support us for the price of delay. So, we have no choice but to finish the games at noon tomorrow. ”
The NSF was supposed to take place almost a year ago, but suffered several delays due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The NSF was officially declared open on Tuesday amid pomp and ceremony with some events already decided as on Wednesday night.