JUST IN: Sports Festival: Edo shuts MOC, LOC offices

NEWS DIGEST – The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Phillip Shuaibu has ordered closure of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Main Organising Committee (MOC) offices of the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival holding in Benin City.

Edo state government had hinted on Wednesday’s night it might be forced to discontinue the almost one-week old NSF due to paucity of funds.

It alleged the Federal government through the Ministry of Youth & Sports Development was yet to release its counterpart funding for the games.

Addressing journalists inside the media centre at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Shuaibu said the decision to shut down the LOC and MOC offices was because the state can no longer foot the bill of the NSF without the financial assistance of the Federal government.