After missing two opportunities to host the National School Sports Festival, Akwa Ibom will host the next edition of the festival in the brand new magnificent edifice-the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, officials of the National School Sports Federation have disclosed.
Akwa Ibom was to host the 6th edition but reneged owing to lack of facilities, but at the closing ceremony of the 7th edition held in Otukpo Benue State, vice president four of the NSSF, Mr. Emmanuel Ebong revealed that his state government Akwa Ibom has accepted to host the next edition inside the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo. “We could not host the two editions awarded us because at that time we had no facility to host event of such magnitude but with the construction of the magnificent new stadium in Uyo we are ready and the government of Akwa Ibom has accepted to host the next edition.”
President of the NSSF, Ibrahim Muhammad who confirmed Akwa Ibom’s readiness said they had two opportunities before now but were not forth coming but with what they have on ground now in the new stadium they have no excuse and the entire school children of Nigeria will be willing to storm Akwa Ibom to break more new records in the new international stadium. “Since our official told us Akwa Ibom has accepted to host we are ready to storm Uyo next year. However, we await the state government approval since the tussle has been between Akwa Ibom and Katsina States to host. Now that Akwa Ibom has come forward we accept,” he said.