Former national decathlon champion Brown, ”Juju Man,” Ebewele hs questioned Sports Minister Solomon Dalung’s intention to spend N1.2 billion on the 2018 National Sports Festival.
The former commissioner for sports in Edo state said the amount was too much to host the competition.
Ebewele said it was wrong for Dalung to be given such ‘huge amount of money’ when the sports ministry was not constructing a new project.
”Is the sports ministry constructing any new facility for the fiesta? The festival is beginning on Thursday, and I don’t see any magic Dalung will do to re-lay the tartan track of the Abuja National Stadium. And if he is not replacing the track or building a new tennis court for the festival, then what is the reason of releasing N1.2 billion to him?” he asked in a chat with The Guardian.
“The various state government will cater for the accommodation, feeding, transportation and medical of its contingent.
”What is left for Dalung is to produce the medals and pay technical officials.
”The sports ministry don’t need more than N100 million for that purpose. I insist Dalung don’t need N1.2 billion to host the National Sports Festival in Abuja.”