Vanguard (Lagos)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: Sports Festival - Lagos Performance Far Below Expectation - PDP

The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the hosting of the just concluded 18th National Sports festival as far below expectation.

The party argued that the hosting it did not measure up near the standard of the last sports festival hosted by Rivers State.

In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, the party stated that the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN led government failed Lagosians "because the monumental monies believed to be realised from the Government and Non Government sectors of over N10 billion did not reflect in the opening ceremony, accommodation, meals, closing ceremony and the medals won by the state athletes."

According to the party, "It is indeed so embarrassing that with the available resources, enough to adequately organise the sports festival, athletes were deprived meals, accommodation, fair officiating and standard Sports facilities to perform at their best.

Funnily and in a very lazy man's approach, the Local Organising Committee, LOC, blamed the inadequacies on alleged over accreditation of athletes! This is indeed an admission of failure and inability to properly run a State affair"In addition, it pointed out that the state athletes were not well "motivated and thus could not have sacrificed in order to win enough gold for the state, thereby placing the state in a distant 3rd Position."

"Similarly, the Spectators were not excited and the apathy was apparent as the games centres did not enjoy appreciable spectators which also took shine out of the games", it stated.

Describing the performance as mediocrity, the party said the "ACN and the Lagos State Government is further exposed and indeed now threatening the Centre of Excellence pride of the State."

It, however, commended athletes who represented the state for their selfless performances calling on Lagos State House of Assembly to "cause an immediate Public hearing into the activities of the LOC, especially in the areas of income & expenditure."

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