By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi
The Ogun State Government has unveiled a 16-man Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2024 National Sports Festival. The state government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government in May for the hosting of the sports festival.
The LOC was unveiled by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, in Abeokuta on Tuesday. The committee is headed by a former Commissioner for Youths and Sports in the state, Bukola Olopade, with Tilewa Adebayo as co-chairman and double Olympics silver medallist Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo as a member of the committee.
Talabi said the LOC had been mandated to set up sub-committees made up of various stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free exercise and deliver a sports festival that is second to none in the country.
The former minister expressed the Federal Government’s acceptance of the proposal and noted that the choice of Ogun State as the next hosts of the NSF was due to its culture of sports development, availability of sporting infrastructure, and potential to host a befitting festival that would linger for a long time.