Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Eko 2012 Unity Torch Arrives Lagos

Having gone round the country in the last few weeks, the torch of unity for the 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012 will on Saturday arrives Lagos.

According to the Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the torch, which began its journey from Abuja in September is expected to touch down in Lagos on Sunday in readiness for the commencement of the festival next Tuesday.

The Loc boss, who is also Lagos State Deputy Governor, added that being an aquatic state, the torch will arrive through the sea and the state's number one citizen, Governor Babatunde Fashola, would receive it.

"I want to say that by this Saturday, November 24, the unity torch will arrive Lagos through the sea and it will be received by Governor Babatunde Fashola amid pomp and pageantry because for us in Lagos, we are known as an aquatic state. It will take place at Marina where our cultural endowment will be on display for the people to enjoy," she said.

The torch was received by the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Tuesday having visited other states of the federation including the FCT.

In Ogun, tit was received by the South West coordinator for the festival, Steve Olarinoye, who later handed it to the governor at the MKO Abiola international stadium Abeokuta

The torch of unity was received with joy by the state executives led by the governor as well as sport lovers in the state.

Amosun said the torch symbolises love and unity and the spirit of sportsmanship amongst Nigerians.

He however, charged Team Ogun to excel in the competitions, with assurance that they would get the necessary encouragement to excel at the games.

The torch will sail from Ogun State to Lagos as its final destination for the festival.

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