Comrade Philip Shaibu, Lieutenant Governor of Edo State, says the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) is essentially an opportunity to relaunch the state’s rich sports heritage.
The state of Edo has stood out in recent memory for its unrivaled sporting facilities as well as producing some of the best sporting talent in the country, including ownership of the famous Bendel Insurance that dominated the waves in the 1970s and producing athletes world-class track and field athletes such as the famous Charlton Ehizuelen, considered the best long jumper Nigeria has produced, Yusuf Ali and George Ogbeide.
Speaking Wednesday at the renovated Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Shaibu said that the state of Edo is now on the path of a sports renaissance with world-class facilities throughout its landscape.
”Edo 2020 is not just about. National Sports Festival, but also a well thought out plan to restore our state to the old days when we dominated sports in Nigeria, ”explained Shaibu, who is also the chairman of the ongoing NSF Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
“We have invested a lot in first-class facilities and not only here at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, but we have mini stadiums spread out by local governments and in some schools so that our young people can be encouraged to combine sport with The education. “
Shaibu said the long-term state of Edo was seeking a strong public-private partnership initiative to uphold the NSF legacy.
“Ultimately, it is our desire to ensure that we bring private investment to our sports and we are being methodological about it because from our experience, especially that of His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki, private companies will only invest money in sports if there is a solid product. .
“So, we are aware of what we are doing and very soon the achievements of this National Sports Festival will be visible to all.”
Shaibu also noted that it is up to the subsequent state government to follow this part of the rediscovery, as virtually everything related to the maintenance and sustainability of the facilities used for the NSF was going to be back by law.
source: – completesports