Dalung urges Edo government to pay more attention to traditional sports


Benin, March 14, 2019 Solomon Dalung, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, on Thursday in Benin urged the Edo government to pay more attention to traditional sports development.

Dalung, who made the call while speaking during a courtesy visit on Gov. Godwin Obaseki, said that Edo had the wherewithal to develop traditional sports in the country.

According to the minister, the state is enormously rich in culture in such a way that it will not lack cultural sports to showcase in any national sporting event.

He commended the state government for ongoing infrastructural development in various sporting facilities ahead of the hosting of the National Sport Festival in 2020.

He assured the state of federal government partnership and support towards a successful hosting of the event.

Responding, Obaseki said the state was prepared to justify the confidence reposed in it by the federal government through the granting of hosting right for the festival.

The governor said adjustments had been made on all the sporting facilities being built by the state government to make them fit for the event.

Obaseki said the government had secured the assurances of contractors that test-run on some of the facilities would commence in October.