20th NSF Postponement: Extra Ordinary Council Holds March 21st
By Niyi Busari
Following approval of the postponement of the Edo 2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari as a precautionary move against the Coronavirus’COVID-19’, extra ordinary council meeting will be held in Edo state to deliberate on the way forward.
The meeting scheduled for Local Organizing Committee Secretariat at the Edo state Government House holds on March 21st at 9am.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Gabriel Aduda, meanwhile, the arrival date for the delegates is Friday, March 20th while the departure is Sunday March 22nd.
The statement added that members of the National Council on Sports are also invited to the Extra-Ordinary meeting.
The statement reads:
“This decision followed the close monitoring and updates on COVID-19 in Nigeria and across the world. Following consultations with the Federal Ministry of Health and the host state of the 20th National Sports Festival – the Edo State Government.
“The Ministry however notes the progress made towards delivering a world class sporting fiesta as embodied by Edo 2020 and the huge resources so far expended towards provision of world class facilities for hosting the festival by the Edo state government.
“Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is not presently affecting Nigeria on the scale it is ravaging other countries of the world, the Ministry is however in agreement with these aforementioned critical stakeholders that the wellbeing of our athletes and sports loving Nigerians is of paramount importance.
“It is In the interest of the safety of Nigerians therefore that the Ministry has postponed the National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, until a later date to be communicated shortly.
“Members of the National Council on Sports are hereby invited to an Extra-Ordinary meeting to deliberate on this development. The meeting will hold as follows:
Date : 21 March 2020
Time: 9am prompt
Venue : LOC Sectetariat Government House Benin, Edo State.
i) Arrival of Delegates -Friday, Mar. 20, 2020
ii) Extra Ordinary Council Meeting -Saturday, Mar. 21, 2020
iii) Departures -Sunday, Mar. 22, 2020″