The Minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare has given An assurance that federal is ready for the 20th National Sports Festival, tagged, Edo 2020.
He assured the Edo State government that the money approved by the Presidency for the Games, would be delivered soon.
Mr Dare, who arrived in Benin City on Thursday for a meeting with Obaseki, his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, and members of the Local Organising Committee , LOC, affirmed that the festival would hold as scheduled from April 2 to 14, 2021.
A member of the LOC, Mr Ebomhiana Musa after the meeting on Friday, said that camp would officially open on April 2, while President Muhammadu Buhari would declare the Games open virtually on April 6.
“The meeting has just ended and the Sports Minister is on his way for Abuja,” Musa, who is also the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu (LOC Chairman), said.
“He assured Governor Obaseki and members of the LOC that the money approved by the Presidency for the Games will come before the commencement date. The Sports Minister said he was going to Abuja to do a quick follow-up on the release of the money.”
Musa further stated that the Sports Minister assured them that Edo State would also serve as a camping ground for Nigerian athletes slated for the Tokyo Olympics.
“The Sports Minister said we should take Mr. President on his word to support Edo financially for the Sports Festival.
He also said Edo has the best equipment and facilities of global standard to camp Team Nigeria athletes for the Olympics.
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