The Cross River State government has cried out to the federal government to assist it with intervention funds to host the National Sports Festival which has suffered several postponements.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Professor Ivara Esu, made the plea when he visited the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung in his office in Abuja at the weekend.
Esu noted that the previous state government had set up a team of consultants to market the festival which they did but that so much money had been sunk into the renovation and building of new infrastructure which were between sixty to eighty- five percent complete.
In his response, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung promised to discuss the issue with President Muhammadu Buhari as he thanked the Deputy governor for his visit which he regarded as a demonstration of the state government’s commitment to rescue the protracted hosting rights for the National Sports Festival.
Dalung, said the National Sports Festival had been on the front burner and the concern of many Nigerians , stressing that the economic challenges should not be an excuse not to stage the event since sports was the country’s national heritage.