By Muhyideen Jimoh
Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare revealed this in a statement by his Special Advisor (Media) John Akanji on Monday in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the NSF, which had suffered numerous postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of funds from the Edo State government, finally started on April 2 .
The minister thanked the young governor of Kogi and the state for their support of the party, which was on the verge of another postponement.
Dare assured that the fund would go a long way in uplifting the youth who are the biggest participants in the festival, as the ministry will commit the fund to provide food, transportation and ancillary support.
The minister expressed optimism that other state governors would emulate Bello by supporting the NSF to show their support for the youth.
“Over 65 percent of the athletes are young people for whom the party, dubbed the Nigeria Olympics, is a great opportunity to hone their skills and possibly get tickets to the Tokyo Olympics,” he said. he declares.
Dare said he had personally called to thank Bello for his swift support to Nigerian youth.
“The governor’s support is timely and helpful and I thank him on behalf of the young people participating in the 20th National Sports Festival in Edo,” said Dare.
NAN reports that the 20th National Sports Festival, which began on April 2 with the arrival of the athletes in Edo, will end on April 14.