Incredible evening at the main bowl in Package 'A' National Stadium, Abuja; as team Abia lead the match pasts shortly after the recitation of the Nigeria National Anthem at 6:30pm.
Surprisingly, among the twenty three (23) states that participated in the match past, the defending champion Delta came with the highest contingents (545) as Akwa Ibom presented (416) while former host Lagos had (405) but team Rivers, Kogi and others were unavoidably absent.
The (host) Minister who gave the opening remark, "We are delighted to received various Sports contingents to the Center of Unity in our Nation but ensure you put in your best as Sports remain a reward-able means of livelihood, social integration and peaceful means to display your talents"
"Imploring the participants to savoir the opportunity while they remain law abiding before departing.
Adding, "Its fascinating you all are here, i urge you to enjoy our cultural heritage, ambience and visiting other places of your interest. Nice having you all around, enjoy your stay" Musa Bello concluded.
Aside from the Students, athletes, friends and well wishers; men and women of different calibers came in their numbers to witnessed the historical event in the conducive atmosphere at the capital city, Abuja.
Spicing up the event was music performances that had notable artists, cultural display, Students dancing and skirting.
Mr. Adeshola Olushade (FMYSD Perm. Sec.) while addressing the crowd on behalf of the Ministry, said "I'm glad the NSF is here although, we have done so much before now, as you can see they entire city have welcome numerous visitors all over Nigeria.
He continued, "Everyone has to play their part in respect of this huge event, therefore the athletes should imbibe spirit of sportsmanship in order to overcome the task ahead.
"Once more, i welcome you all as you explore the beautiful city of Abuja during your stay. God bless you all" Olusade summarized.
Nevertheless, the President was able represented, National Assemble, Chief of Defense staff and Speaker of the house of representatives. Also, the Fct Minister, Secretary to the Federation, Minister of Sports including other VIPs was present at the entertaining ceremony.
Meanwhile, the event was brought to a close by the Honorable Minister of Sports closing speech, "Indeed, you all will continue to make our country proud through true Sportsmanship but i will wish you best of luck ahead this magnitude of talents.
He added, "Fct will surely experience increase economically but we look forward to bring more smile to faces through Sports development in Nigeria" Dalung ended.