Cycling Tour to boost tourism in Edo, say promoters

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Edo State government over the weekend threw its weight behind the Edo Cycling Tour, which is aimed at promoting tourism in the state. The Tour will hold from August 18 to 23, 2018.

Speaking on the programme for the race in Lagos, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Mr. Ehi Braimah said the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Phillip Shaibu has pledged the state government’s support for the race put together by Neo Media to promote domestic tourism, as well as revive the dying cycling culture in the state.

“Edo State is the home of tourism and to promote domestic tourism Neo media in conjunction with the Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF) are partnering the state government to promote domestic tourism.

“I am happy to tell you that the Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Phillip Shaibu, met with the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora, Osaze Osemwengie-Ero and my humble self and has keyed into the noble idea because it will help in promoting tourism, as well as help bring back the lost glory in cycling in the state.

“We are grateful to him and the amiable sports loving governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki for their resolve to revive sports in the state,” he stressed.

Mr. Braimah added, “Starting from August 1 the build-up to the biggest and best cycling event in the country will begin. Marking of the routes for the race will be from August 2 through 4, the first of the two press conferences will come up on August 7 in Lagos, while the main press conference will hold in Benin on August 14.