If Edo state government couldn’t fathom how to make profit from the National Sports Festival, it means the planners are bereft of adequate ideas.
It is most disheartening to see Edo state government threatening to end the festival abruptly because the federal government didn’t meet up their promise.
Sports and sporting activities are money spinning ventures. Such a sporting festival should put some billions of naira into Edo state government coffers if the planners truly understands the opportunities inherent in such a huge project that brought the whole of Nigeria into Edo state. There are countries that, the major source of their revenue is sporting activities.
Frankly speaking, the sports festival appears to be without direction, improper planning and lack of preparedness to say the least. One could only see few sponsors on the miniature billboards along some major streets in Benin City.
Not many Edo people are aware of the National Sports Festival taking place in the state save those in Ekehuan road axis primarily due to the traffic congestion occasioned by the road blockades around the stadium causing untold hardship for motorists.
A national event of such magnitude should attract tourism, sponsors, business opportunities and revenue generation for the state government to help improve in the welfare of the people. If these and more as mentioned above couldn’t be achieved, it means the National Sports Festival didn’t add any value to us as a state but to take the little we have in our coffers.
I wish the money expended in the sports festival was channeled towards the construction work on Ekehuan road or used to fix Uwelu, Evbuotubu or Airport road extension. Edo people would have been much grateful and appreciate and feel the impacts of good governance.
Leftist Osazee Edigin AICMC
Coordinator, Action for Socio-political and Economic Change (ASEC)