FG Approves January 2025 for National Sports Festival

May 26, 2024

The Federal Government has approved January 2025 as the official date for the 22nd edition of the National Sports Festival, tagged, “Gateway Games, Ogun 2024”.

In a communique released after the first National Council on Sports, at the Old Government Lodge, Abakaliki Road, Enugu State, the Minister of Sports Development, Sen. John Enoh, commended Ogun State Government for its commitment to the successful hosting of the festival.

Sen. Enoh noted that the National Sports Festival played a vital role in national unity, while also increasing socio-economic growth for the sustainable development of the state and the country in general, calling on the federal and state governments to bid and host national and international sports competitions, to fast-track the development of sports in the country.

While urging all key stakeholders to play active roles towards the successful hosting of the Gateway Games, the Sports minister informed that the council of sports was in support of the establishment of Sports Development and Investment Fund (NSIDF) for its attendant benefits in driving sports development in Nigeria.

He added that targeted funding and incentives were crucial for driving grassroots sports engagements and ensuring sustainability of sports programmes.

“Through the power of sports, we have the opportunity to come together, forge connections and celebrate our shared humanity. We are leveraging on the “Building Our Future Together” agenda of the Governor, to leverage on sports development at the grassroots,” he said.