The Sports Ministry has reassured sports stakeholders in the country that the 19th National Sports Festival will hold at the stipulated date in Abuja.
There has been growing concerns that the games which is scheduled to start from December 6 might be postponed again in due to signs from the Federal Capital Territory for lack of activities.
But the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Adesola Olusade, who is also the Chairman of the Games’ Main Organising Committee (MOC) promised at the weekend that the festival which had suffered several postponements in the past since it was awarded to Cross River State, would not face another humiliation as all hands are on deck to showcase a memorable tournament next month.
Olusade said the festival was introduced to showcase and discover talents across the country, in
addition to creating sporting friendship among Nigerian youths.He said 15,000 athletes and officials are expected in Abuja.
“I want to assure all participating contingents as well as sports loving Nigerians to be ready as the government will not entertain any further postponement of the festival this time around,” Olusade said.
He hinted that the federal government weighed all the options including facilities and funding before moving the Festival to Abuja.