2024 NSF: Ogun, FG signs MoU

Abiodun and Sunday Dare

Gov. Abiodun (right) and the Sports and Youths Minister Sunday Dare after signing the MoU

By Adejoke Monsurat

Determined to host a world-class National Sports Festival (NSF) in 2024, the Ogun State Government and the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

In his remarks after the signing of the MoU at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, on Saturday, Governor Dapo Abiodun, informed the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, that Ogun is noted for recording many firsts and hosting the competition would not be an exception.

“Ogun State indigenes have invested in sports development in Nigeria. Apart from that, we have eminent sportsmen and women who have distinguished themselves and brought glory to this country.

“We are ready to host a world-class festival next year. We have capable hands and sponsors that are ready to support us.

“I want to assure you that we will live up to expectations as reflected in the MoU. I can assure you that we will not disappoint you.

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“I want to assure you that like you have said to me that the one in Edo was a very good showing, the one in Delta was better than the one in Edo, the one in Ogun will be the best.

“We will immediately move to set up a Local Organizing Committee,” the governor stated.

He explained that the National Sports Festival was developed to promote unity and cohesion among the youths, observing that Ogun is a state with a huge number of youths.

“Sport is a tool to teach our youth leadership skills development, discipline, teamwork and self-confidence. When youth are busy with sports engagements, they won’t have time for social vices. Some of them have developed into world beaters and we will continue to encourage them,” Abiodun added.

The governor recalled how the state performed very well in the last edition of the Festival by hauling 70 medals, appreciating the Minister and the Federal Ministry of Sports for supporting the state at the bidding stage.

He, therefore, assured that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure a successful sports festival next year.

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