Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has approved the sum of N120 million for the state contingent to the 2012 National Sports Festival slated for Lagos.
This is an improvement to the N100 million approved for the contingent to the 2011 sports festival in Rivers State, where the state finished third.
Confirming the development, the state's Sports Commissioner, Anita Evbuomwan, said that arrangements were already being made to ensure that the athletes enter camp by Tuesday.
She said: "Yes, the Comrade Governor has approved money for sports festival. He was magnanimous enough to increase the budget to N120 million which is indeed a plus to what we got last year.
"Preparations for festival are in top gear, at the moment, I have set up a committee comprising management of the Sports Council, Coaches and Secretaries, athletes and ministry representatives to ensure that we enter camp by Tuesday.
"The facilities we intend to use for camping are Idia College for the girls, Etete Sports complex for the boys, as well as the Ogbemudia Stadium for special athletes and swimmers.
"We have gone to inspect the facilities and hopefully, things will be put in place before Tuesday so that the athletes can enter camp."