More than 15,000 athletes and officials are being expected at the Federal Ministry of Education Games (FEDUGA) which gets underway on Sunday in Lokoja, the Games Consultant, Okeyinka Mathew, has confirmed.
Mathew told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday that all preparations for the Games’ second edition which will end on Aug. 23 have reached an advanced stage.
“All is set for the opening ceremony. We have also received full financial and logistics support from the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, and he has even promised to be present to declare the Games open.”
He said participants, as well as other sports lovers, are assured of an exciting Games in view of the full financial and logistics backing of the Kogi State Government.
“The athletes and officials will come from different parastatals, departments and agencies of the Federal Ministry of Education in the country.
“It is therefore going to be a memorable Games, especially due to its venue’s nearness to Abuja,” the consultant said.
Mathew disclosed that events lined up for the games include competition in 14 scoring events and four demonstration games.
Speaking also, the Games’ Media Consultant, Udochukwu Emmanuel, explained the choice of Lokoja for the second edition.
“It is the right choice due to its proximity to Abuja, and this will encourage all the participants to turn up for the games as it will only last for six days.”
Emmanuel explained that arrival for the games would be from Friday to Saturday, while accreditation would be on Sunday and the official opening ceremony would hold on Monday.