Lagos - The Lagos State Government has begun test-running the facilities to be used for the 18th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold in Lagos from Nov. 27 and Dec. 9.
A check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, one of the festival venues, showed that the test-run, which is to ascertain the readiness of the venues and facilities for the 14-day fiesta, started on Tuesday.
A correspondent of NAN who was at the venue reported that the main bowl was a beehive of activities, with Team Lagos sprinters warming the tartan tracks.
Also rehearsals on boat regatta, calisthenics, choral songs and seven other activities for the opening and closing ceremonies were also ongoing.
Waheed Adelekan, Secretary for the Venues and Facilities Sub-Committee of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) , said the test-run was to evaluate the work done by the contractors, ahead of the Games.
Adelekan, who expressed satisfaction with the durability the work, added that: ``to whom much is given, much is expected’’.
He said the State Government attached a lot of premium to the festival and would not accept any sub-standard job for the Games.
According to him, if, in the process of the test-run, any contractor is found wanting, the contractor will be made to face the wrath of the law.
NAN reports that apart from the athletes and facilities, other units with responsibilities at the Games were at the stadium, examining the facilities.
NAN also reports that officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Navy were seen demonstrating various security tasks at the venue.