The National Council on Sports will on Saturday meet in Edo to deliberate on the way forward following the postponement of the National Sports Festival, tagged “Edo 2020”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sports festival was postponed on Tuesday due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Gabriel Aduda, said this in a statement in Abuja.
Aduda, who is also the Chairman, Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the festival, said the extra ordinary council meeting would involve all major stakeholders.
“Members of the National Council on Sports are hereby invited to an Extra-Ordinary meeting to deliberate on this development.
“The meeting will hold at the LOC Secretariat, Government House Benin, Edo,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday approved the postponement of the NSF as a precautionary move against the COVID-19.
The decision followed close monitoring and updates on COVID-19 and consultations with the Federal Ministry of Health and host of the 20th NSF, the Edo State Government.
The Sports Ministry, however, commended the progress made toward delivering a world class sporting fiesta and huge resources expended to provide facilities for hosting the festival.
The ministry said even though the COVID-19 pandemic was not presently affecting Nigeria on the scale it is ravaging other countries of the world, precautions must be taken.
“It is in the interest of the safety of Nigerians therefore that the Ministry has postponed the NSF, until a later date to be communicated shortly,” the ministry said. (NAN)
– Mar. 18, 2020 @ 12:45 GMT |