Obaseki declares Edo facilities ready for National Sports Festival
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has reiterated the state’s readiness to host the National Sports Festival (NSF) this month, noting that facilities for the various competitions were ready for use.
Obaseki, who was on an inspection tour of facilities at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, said the swimming pool, lawn tennis courts, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), power and security systems were all ready for the games.
The governor also assured that the gymnastics complex, which is over 90 per cent complete, would be ready within the next 10 days.
Edo State will host athletes from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the national event this month.
He noted, “I have been assured by the contractor that the gymnasium hall will be ready in 10 days because all the materials are already here. The centre court of lawn tennis has also been completed.
“Overall, we have a very competent contractor on site and with the resources available to him, we will be able to complete the job and get the workers out of the site and commence the games.”
The governor added, “In terms of parking spaces, we have been able to locate spaces not too far from the stadium, from where people will be transported to the stadium so that we will be able to manage the traffic.”
He noted that athletes representing Edo State would go into camp next week, adding that the state had identified and secured over 11,000 accommodation spaces for visiting athletes from other states, saying, “We have institutions around town, and the hotels have been very supportive.
“We have at least 3,000 commercial hotel rooms available for the games.”