Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has officially launched the 16-member Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 22nd National Sports Festival, scheduled in the state in 2024.
During the inauguration at the Governor’s Office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Abiodun expressed the state’s commitment to surpassing previous editions and achievements recorded during the last festival in 2006.
The governor emphasized his administration’s dedication to developing world-class sporting infrastructure across the state, showcasing not only the competitive spirit but also the people’s talent, culture, potential, and hospitality.
“Ogun State is determined to establish top-notch sporting facilities throughout the state, highlighting our efforts to host a prestigious sports festival that impresses all stakeholders within the sector and beyond,” Abiodun stated.
He added, “Beyond the competition, we aim to use the National Sports Festival to exhibit the remarkable talent, culture, and potential of our great state, along with the unique hospitality of our people.”
Abiodun recognized the festival as a means of harnessing the energy and creativity of the nation’s youth, empowering them, and offering opportunities for growth and self-development.
Addressing the LOC members, he urged them to approach their responsibilities with purpose and meticulous planning, as these elements would be vital in organizing an outstanding festival edition.
In response, the Chairman of the LOC and former Commissioner for Youths and Sports in the State, Bukola Olopade, praised Governor Abiodun for securing the hosting rights and supporting all athletes at the last National Sports Festival, irrespective of medal winnings.
Olopade also commended the gathering of sports enthusiasts, considering them some of the finest minds in the sports sector in Nigeria.