The Joint Technical Committee of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) on Wednesday in Benin lauded Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo for steps taken so far to ensure a successful festival.
The committee gave the commendation in a communique signed by Hauwa Kulu- Akinyemi, Director, Federations and Elite Athletes Department, at the end of the first joint technical meeting for Benin 2020.
“We express our appreciation to Gov. Obaseki and the good people of Edo State for their warm reception, hospitality and support towards hosting the first joint technical meeting of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF).
“We urge the state government to inaugurate a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that will drive the hosting of the games.
“We also advise Edo government to provide a poly clinic and doping station at the games village as well as medical stands and doping stations at all sports venues during the competition.
“The state government should consider accommodating requests from the national sports federations for specific inspection visits,’’ the joint technical committee said.
The committee urged Obaseki to intensify efforts to ensure the timely completion of all ongoing construction, renovation and face-lift projects in all venues and facilities earmarked for the festival.
Earlier, Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, had said the committee did not intend to over-stretch the resources of Edo government.
“We are not oblivious to the economic situation in the country and the huge financial requirement of hosting a games of this magnitude,’’ he said.
Adesola, however, said minimal standards must be adhered to in the organisation of the festival to maintain its integrity and quality.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the joint technical committee consists of Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, state Directors of Sports and Technical Directors of National Sports Federations.