Cross River Begs FG For Financial Aid To Host National Festival
The Cross River State Government has pleaded with the Federal Government to assist it with intervention funds to host the National Sports Festival.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Prof Ivara Esu made the plea when he visited the sports minister Solomon Dalung in his office in Abuja at the weekend.
In a statement by Nneka Anibeze, the Media Adviser to the minister, Esu was quoted as saying: “We have been preparing for this National Sports Festival since the last one in 2012. The government before us set up a team of consultants to raise funds for the Games. I am sure that when they hear about the festival coming alive, they will come back for re-engagement.
“So much money has already been sunk into building of infrastructure and facilities for these Games. Some of the facilities are 100 per cent complete while some are between 65 to 85 per cent ready. We have considered various ways in which we could cut our coat according to your cloth but these infrastructure need to be completed.
“I also know the kind of money we are looking for is not in the budget of 2017. We are not passing the entire budget to the Federal Government. We only need help to complete the facilities and we need help – 60 per cent of the costing we have presented to complete the project. I know that Mr President and the minister have contacts that we can leverage on to raise funds.”
Dalung promised to discuss the issue with the President and commended Esu for his visit.
The minister said, “The National Sports Festival has been on the front burner and a concern for many Nigerians. At every given opportunity, there is a question about the fate of the festival. That confirms how passionate the people are about the games. It is sad that for a long time we have not been able to host the Games.”