By Jacob Ajom
It was a case of different strokes for different folks as two leaders of delegations differed in their assessment of the 18th National Sports Festival, Eko 2012, five days after its commencement. While one complained of lack of care by the host state, Lagos, the other praised the state to high heavens.
Speaking to the media Friday night, Niger State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Hassan Abdullaji, lamented that his contingent had not been given the required hospitality expected in a festival of this nature. ‘’Despite the huge investment that Lagos is quoted to have put into this project, there is no food for team states, the tickets issued for athletes for meals are not served us, no water to drink, facilities are lacking in some sports”
However, Benue State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Aondowase Chia has praised the Lagos State Governor for staging a befitting festival, adding that he was impressed with the state of modern facilities he has seen.
He said Team Benue is in the festival to improve upon their position at the last festival in Port Harcourt, adding that the various amounts ranging from N500,000 have been earmarked for athletes that win gold, silver and bronze.
‘’I am satisfied with the facilities on ground. We are here to improve on our former position” he enthused.