Minister cancels appearance at Sports Festival

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Most likely due to the antics of the Edo State Deputy Governor and the hostile nature of the host state since last week, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare may have decided to cancel his appearance at the closing ceremony of the National Sports Festival.

Last Wednesday hostilities began with the threat by the Edo state to shut down and the Festival throwing out the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development staff from the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) Secretariat at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on the orders of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu.

Though resolved, the Deputy Governor has continued to heat up the place demanding for money from the Federal Government. But documents show that what the Edo State government presented to the Ministry was a plea for assistance, which if promised to consider. What the Federal Government promised to consider was not a pledge and neither a loan while no agreement was ever signed.

However, the deputy governor has gone about it in a combative manner with some stakeholders of the just concluded fiesta expressing concerns that “the Deputy Governor was demisinforming people that the Federal Government owes the Edo government.”

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