The Local Organising Committee of the National Sports Festival has threatened to shut down the ongoing Festival over failure of the Federal Government to release Funds

The NSF, Coordinator of Media and Publicity, National Sports Festival, Ebomhiana Musa, in a statement on Wednesday night said the federal government has not fulfilled its promise of making funds available.

He said the Federal Government had promised to make funds available for the sports festival noting the local organising committee commenced the festival based on the assurance.

However, seven days after the games started, the Federal Government is yet to fulfil the promise made to the Edo State Government.

As a result of this, the LOC wants to shut down the games by 12noon tomorrow if funds are not made available.

“The Local Organising Committee, Edo2020 regrets to announce that it will end the games abruptly tomorrow, Thursday, April 8, 2021, for lack of funds,” the statement partly read.

“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.”