Gateway Games Ogun 2024 :FG Approves January, 2025 As New Kick-off Date For National Sports Festival - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, May 24, 2024

Gateway Games Ogun 2024 :FG Approves January, 2025 As New Kick-off Date For National Sports Festival

The Federal Government has approved January, 2025, as the official date for the 22nd edition of the National Sports Festival, tagged, “Gateway Games, Ogun 2024”.

Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh who announced the new date in a communique released after the first National Council Meeting on Sports held at the Old Government Lodge, Abakaliki Road, Enugu State, commended Ogun State Government for its commitment to the successful hosting of the festival.

Sen. Enoh noted that the National Sports Festival plays a vital role in national unity, while also increasing socio-economic growth for the sustainable development of the state and the country in general, calling on the Federal and State Governments to bid and host national and international sports competitions, to fast-track the development of sports in the country.

While urging all key stakeholders to play active roles towards the successful hosting of the Gateway Games, the Sports Minister informed that the Council of Sports was in support of the establishment of Sports Development and Investment Fund (NSIDF) for its attendant benefits in driving sports development in Nigeria.

Ogun State Commissioner for Sports Development, Hon. Wasiu Isiaka, while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the meeting, expressed the state government’s readiness to host the Festival.

He noted that the NSF embodies capacity to bring people together, foster teamwork, cooperation, instil values of discipline and perseverance, encouraging youths to embrace sports for socio-economic development of the state, adding that targeted funding and incentives were crucial for driving grassroots sports engagements and ensuring the sustainability of sports programmes.

“Through the power of sports, we have the opportunity to come together, forge connections and celebrate our shared humanity. We are leveraging on the “Building Our Future Together” agenda of the Governor, to leverage on sports development at the grassroots”, he said.

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