Abuja to host 2018 National Sports Festival as FG puts things in place
There will be no stopping the 2018 National Sports Festival from holding this year as the Federal government takes charge of the hosting.
After repeated delays in the hosting since Cross Rivers were awarded the hosting rights, the federal government has come to rescue of the tournament.
The hourable minister of youth and sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung explained on Wednesday that the federal government has taken over the hosting of the 2018 events at the unveiling of the tournament’s permanent logo.
Dalung revealed why the federal government has taken the hosting rights from Cross Rivers State.
“The federal Government realizing the collateral damage that the unending postponements of the festival portend for sports development in Nigeria accepted the resolution of the National Council of Sports to take over the hosting and organization of the games in 2018 with Abuja as the host city.
“When I inaugurated the Main Organising Committee, I charged the members to rebrand and repackage the festival to make it attractive to sponsors. A partnership agreement was signed with Greenfield Assets Limited to work with the ministry to rebrand, market and re-package 5 editions of the National Sports Festival.
“As part of the packaging and rebranding of the games, a permanent logo which will serve as an identity of the festival has been designed and approved,” said Dalung.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello further revealed plans that are in place for the successful hosting of the 2018 event in Abuja.
“The school calendar has been adjusted to accommodate the games. For the first time, schools in and around Abuja will vacate on the first week of December 2018.
“We are working with all relevant agencies to ensure security of persons and facilities from the arrival of participants to the venues to their departure.
“I can assure you that all transport logistics shall be in place before the opening ceremony of the games. In addition, all Commissioners in the FCT have been directed to give maximum cooperation to the LOC and MOC to ensure a smooth and hitch-free hosting of the games.”
The 2018 National Sports Festival is scheduled for December 6-16, 2018 in Abuja
By: Tope Adefala