By Albert Akota
The 20th National Sports Festival, Edo 2020, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has concluded plans to stage a colourful and memorable closing ceremony for the event which started on April 4 in Benin City.
The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, told journalists covering the festival that the cultural heritage of the state would again be highlighted at the closing ceremony.
He noted that some logistics affected the opening and the closing would be much better.
Shaibu said: “We had a nice time at the opening ceremony despite some logistics including the downpour but for the closing we will bring in more entertainment to make everyone happy.
“Edo has a rich cultural heritage and we will again display today
The Closing ceremony of the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival takes play today at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
According to Dr Nzekwu, there will be a parade by athletes, short speeches by Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Honorable Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare and the Deputy Governor who also doubles as the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, LOC, Rt Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu.
The only sporting event slated for the day is the relay race, mixed relay, 4 x 100 meters and 4 x 400 meters for men and women. Three A Class Nigerian artists have been lined up to spice up the ceremony. These are Franchize, Joeboy and Teni the Entertainer.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is expected to declare the games closed after which the torch of unity which was lit at the start of the games will be extinguished.