The Edo State Government on Thursday fulfilled its threats as Deputy Governor Phillip Shuaibu 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.
NaijaOnPoint.com, TNG reports that the Governor Obaseki led government had hinted on Wednesday night it might be forced to shutdown 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.
However, the Federal Government in a response on Thursday said the festival will continue as planned.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said it was not aware of any officially documented move to shut down the games.