365 Days To Gateway Games 2024: MOC, LOC Meets In Ogun As Preparation Gathers Momentum For 22nd National Sports Festival


With exactly one year to the opening ceremony of the 22nd National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Ogun State next year, the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) today met at the Remo Stars Sports Complex, Ikenne Ogun State as proper preparations begin for the multi sports event.

The MOC team led by its Executive secretary, Dr. Mrs Thecla Opara flew in from Abuja on Sunday, November 26, 2023 and swung to action today by inspecting some facilities including the Remo Stars Sports Complex, Ikenne, and the NYSC Orientation Camp, Sagamu which has been tentatively penciled down to host weightlifting event.

Executive Secretary secretary of the LOC, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh made it known that the highlight of today’s show was basically for the LOC led by Chief Bukola Olopade to receive the MOC and create a bond as preparations gather momentum.

“Basically we are here today to receive the team from the Main Organizing Committee from Abuja, recall a couple of weeks ago, the MOC was inaugurated by the Hon. Sports Minister , Senator John Enoh, and it was decided that there would be need for the Secretariat team of the MOC to visit Ogun State for an appraisal visit to see what’s on ground and what we need to put in place”.

“We have discussed extensively, we’ve briefed them on what we’ve done so far, and I believe they are impressed, I believe they feel that Ogun State is ready to put up a beautiful National Sports Festival come 2024”

“Coincidentally, today the 27th day in November, 2023 is exactly one year to the opening ceremony of the games, so we have one year and I think the count down has begun, all that needs to be done is just for us to put in place what is needed on our part”

Dr. Tandoh made it known that all venues for the sports and works meant to be done have been identified, related with the state government, and a budget has been put together by the State government for the festival.

On Tuesday, the Local Organizing Committee headed by Chief Bukola Olopade will be on the move to ABEOKUTA, the LOC will have a meeting before taking the MOC across the state capital for facility inspection and appraisal.

The MOC team will return to the Federal Capital Territory on Wednesday


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