WorldStage Newsonline– AS the 19th National Sports Festival at the Abuja National Stadium, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has blamed misplacement of priorities for states’ inability to host the festival
The festival was last held in 2012 by Lagos State and this year’s edition was to be hosted by Cross River State which earlier bid for it but pulled out, citing lack of funds.
According to Dalung in his answer to reporters’ questions at the opening ceremony at the Abuja National Stadium, said, “The foot-dragging of states in hosting the event is informed by their funding challenges. However, the funding challenges are as a result of states not getting their priorities right.
“There is nothing as worthy of investment as the National Sports Festival.
“Whatever we are investing in, whether infrastructure or the economy, sports is the institution that supports the unity required for those investments to flourish,” Dalung said.
The minister also stated that the festival’s importance as a legacy project informed his ministry’s decision to fund and host it in Abuja.