The National Sports Festival is set to end by 12 noon today due to a lack of funds.
The festival which was supposed to be for 12days has not been cut short over the failure of the Federal Government to release fund.
In a statement on Wednesday night, The coordinator of Media and Publicity, NSF made this known to The Punch.
He ascertained that the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the Local Organising Committee led by Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.
According to him, the Edo State Government will shut down the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival by 12 noon on Thursday (today).
He said, “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.”
The development is coming despite the postponement of the festival on several occasions.
No fewer than 8,000 athletes from different states of the federation are participating in the festival.
Edo State had raised the alarm over the Federal Government’s failure to provide fund 24 hours to the commencement of the festival.