President Muhammadu Buhari with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on the Presidential Villa in Abuja on January 30, 2020.
The President has revealed why the final version of the National Sports Festival was hosted in Abuja – the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
President Muhammadu Buhari who obtained the ‘Torch of Unity’ on Thursday mentioned the choice was to avoid wasting the occasion from everlasting closure.
He made the disclosure at a ceremony to flag-off the motion of the ‘Torch of Unity’ throughout Nigeria.
This paves the best way for the National Sports Festival scheduled to carry in March in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
“I am pleased to receive the National Sports Festival ‘Torch of Unity,’ the President was quoted as saying when he received the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and others at the Presidential Villa.
He added, “It is a symbolic representation of the unity, peace, and solidarity amongst Nigerians, especially the athletes and officials in the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“Since the inception of the National Sports Festival in 1973, the games have been a useful avenue for interaction, integration for our youth, sportsmen and women and a platform for states to showcase their best in sports.”
President Buhari famous, “It is for this reason that the Federal Government intervened to host the last edition of the Festival in the FCT in order to salvage the sports fiesta from permanent closure.
“I wish to commend the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Federal Capital Territory for hosting the event in 2018.”
The President, due to this fact, referred to as on buyers within the non-public sector to affix palms with the federal government in youth and sports activities growth within the nation.
He reiterated his administration’s dedication to supporting and offering the enabling setting for the event of sports activities in any respect ranges.
On sports activities growth, the President applauded the ministry for initiating the ‘Adopt an Athlete or Stadium Campaign’, noting that it was one of many helpful methods to create alternatives for participation by corporations and people.
He additionally invited sports activities lovers and lovers to benefit from the marketing campaign to be a part of elevating the banner of sports activities in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic is scheduled to carry on July 24 – August 9 and August 25 – September 6 respectively, in Tokyo, Japan.
President Buhari, in his remarks, wished the nation’s athletes the very best of luck on the video games and urged them to be good ambassadors.
Mr Dare, on his half, famous that with the flag off, the Torch of Unity would transfer spherical all of the tates and the FCT earlier than lastly arriving in Benin City on March 22, for the opening ceremony of the twentieth Edition of the ‘Nigerian Olympics’.
“The Torch of Unity for the National Sports Festival carries with it the objectives of the festival itself, chief amongst which is to symbolise unity, peace, friendship, tolerance and hope among Nigeria,” he mentioned.
The minister added, “When the torch moves round the cities and people see it, they begin to properly realise the games are here, and it always brings a good feeling to everyone.”
He additionally thanked the President for figuring out with the pageant, noting that performing the symbolic lighting of the torch was an affidavit of the significance the current administration has hooked up to youth and sports activities growth within the nation.