The Minister of Sports and Chairman of National Sports Commission, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi yesterday inaugurated the Main Organizing Committee, MOC, for the 18th National Sports Festival to be hosted by Lagos State..
He also announced the expansion of the committee to include the president of the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) and President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as recommended by the National Council of Sports.
He said: “The inauguration of the Main Organizing Committee, MOC, of the Games is therefore imperative so as to give direction and set the tone for the smooth organization of our own Olympics.
“ I wish to remark here that though the National Sports Festival has come of age with visible improvements in standard of organisation, it is worthy of note that the NSF is still dependent on funds from host States and the Federal Government.
“I wish to use this medium to appeal to private and corporate organizations to support National Sports Festival and leverage on it for the promotion of their goods and services. I therefore task the MOC and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to package the Festival and make it attractive to sponsorships”, he stated
By Aderonke Ogunleye