6 December 2012

Nigeria: Eko 2012 Closing Ceremony - We'll Do What Has Not Been Done - LOC

Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi/Vanguard
The High Jump Games, Miss Esiekpe Young, River State During the 18th National Sports Festival

AS the 18th National Sports Festival, Eko 2012 approaches swiftly, Deputy Governor of Lagos State and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the Festival has asked Nigerians not to miss the closing ceremony of the Festival as it promises to be fun.

Mrs Adejoke Adefulire who gave a sneak preview of the closing ceremony yesterday said that the spectacle that was the opening ceremony would be dwarfed by the closing ceremony which she said would be unattainable for future hosts of the National Sports Festival.

"All I can tell you is to tell Nigerians not to miss the closing ceremony. One thing that I know is that we are not going to repeat what people saw at the opening National Sports Festival ending this weekend, there are fears that athletes and officials from other states would be staying back in Lagos.

But unlike Europe or America where such athletes and officials would either seek asylum or end up in refugee camps, these Nigerians who are using this chance to seek better economic opportunity have been welcomed by Lagos State so far as they abide by the rules of the State. Deputy Governor of Lagos State who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the 18th National Sports Festival said that those willing to stay back in Lagos are free to do so.

"There is absolutely nothing we can do about it. There is no law against that. The only thing is that they have to abide by our rules and not dispose refuse in the gutters or indiscriminately, they must not ride Okada(Commercial motor cycle), and not constitute themselves as nuisance to the new Lagos. Pray for us", she said amidst laughter.

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