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Edo govt threatens to shut down 20th national sports festival on Thursday

The Edo Government has threatened to shut down the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin by noon on Thursday over the refusal of the Federal Government to support the State with funds as promised.

A Project Manager in the Media and Communications Sub-Committee of the festival’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Musa Ebomhiana, announced this on Wednesday evening, noting that the decision was necessitated by Federal Government’s refusal to fulfill the promise.

According to him, the Federal Government failed to support the state with funds as promised, so the state government had no other choice other than to shutdown the festival.

Ebomhiana further stated that the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the festival’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) headed by the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

“You can quote me, that we just finished from an emergency meeting of the LOC, and as I speak with you we have decided to shut down the festival by 12 noon tomorrow (Thursday).

“The decision was arrived at because the Federal Government has reneged on its promise to assist the state with funds.

“Because of that, we are closing the festival,” Ebomhiana stated.

However, he did not disclose how the LOC was going to shut down the festival.