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Jonathan to preside over Eko 2012 flag hoisting

02 November 2012, 09:04

Lagos - The Local Organising Committee of the 18th National Sports Festival said on Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan had been scheduled to lead the flag hoisting ceremony for the festival on Nov. 3 in Lagos.

The festival, tagged Eko 2012, is scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 9 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

according to a statement signed by Kweku Tandoh, the Secretary of the committee, in Lagos, Jonathan will be joined by the 36 state governors and the FCT minister.

 ‘’The event symbolises the participation of all the federating units that make up Nigeria in the forthcoming festival.

 “On Saturday, Nov 3, Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State would be hosting Mr. President and all the other state governors at the flag hoisting ceremony.

 ‘’The importance of this is to confirm the participation of all the states and to show that the festival is about the unity of Nigeria as one entity.”

The statement said that 11,000 athletes were expected to participate in the fiesta.

Based on initial registration figures, the LOC envisaged a maximum of 11,500 athletes, but the number is expected to drop after the zonal elimination, where some state teams failed to qualify, the statement said.



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