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National sports festival: Edo govt shuts MOC, LOC offices

Edo government matched its threats with action on Thursday as Deputy Governor Phillip Shuaibu ordered closure of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Main Organising Committee (MOC) offices of the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival holding in Benin City.

WITHIN NIGERIA reported that the Edo government had threatened on Wednesday’s night it might be forced to discontinue the almost one-week old National sports festival due to paucity of funds.

It alleged the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth & Sports Development was yet to release its counterpart funding for the games.

Addressing journalists inside the media centre at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Shuaibu said the decision to shut down the LOC and MOC offices was because the state can no longer foot the bill of the NSF without the financial assistance of the Federal government.

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