Phillip Shuaibu who is the deputy Governor of Edo State, has directed that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Main Organising Committee (MOC) offices of the ongoing National Sports Festival in Benin be shut down.
This is coming barely 24 hours when there was a report that the state has no more funds to prosecute the festival.
Shuaibu disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the media centre, Ogbe stadium today, April 8, he said the decision was taken because the state can no longer feed the athletes, following the huge bill emanating from it.
However, in another media briefing, the deputy governor said that the state have no choice than to stop the festival abruptly.
He said: “Gentlemen of the press. We have ordered that the MOC office be shut down and if nothing positive from the Federal Government in terns of funds is heard before 12 noon tomorrow (Friday) we will discontinue the sports festival” he stated.
Becksblog.com.ng learnt, that the Project Manager and media communications of Edo 2020, had yesterday, April 7, issued a statement to journalists that due to none availability of funds to carry on with the Festival, the state could end the sport mid way.