The National Sports Festival currently holding in Benin City, the Edo State capital will come to an abrupt end by 12 noon today instead of the 14th of April, the organisers had said, citing lack of funds.
The Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday night, adding that the decision was made after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), headed by Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.
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.”