The Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, on Monday, said that the Besty Obaseki football tournament would be used to create public awareness about the pet project of the wife of the Governor on gender violence in Edo.
The tournament has been slated to hold between Saturday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 2021.
Briefing newsmen at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin, Shaibu said the tournament was purely private sector driven, with government, only providing the facilities.
” Tax payers money will not be involved in this tournament, it is being organised under Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements.
“We are kick starting a new era where the private sector will be driving sport in Edo; We have built facilities and created the enabling environment.
“It is now time for the private sector to take advantage of the facilities to drive sport in the state,” he said.
The deputy governor, who also inspected the facilities ahead of the tournament, stated that the state was set for the hosting of the Football tournament, come Sept. 27.
On his part, Mr Frank Ilaboya, one of the coordinators of the tournament and former FA chairman, explained that the tournament would be played at four venues — Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Uniben Sports Complex, Western Boys Sports complex, and the School of Health technology sports complex all in Benin.