Benin – Few hours to the opening ceremony of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin, Edo-based journalists were yet to be accredited, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN reports that the journalists had since a fortnight ago filled the accreditation forms as part of the processes for accreditation.
However, while journalists from outside the state who went through the same process were duly accredited on Monday evening, those practising in the state were not accredited.
NAN reports that several Benin-based journalists waited endlessly into the night on Monday with the hope of getting their accreditation tags, but were unable to.
Already, the festival’s organisers have insisted that nobody, including journalists, would be allowed into the Stadium and other games venues without accreditation.
Musa Ebomhiana, a Project Manager in the Media and Communication Sub-Committee for the festival’s Local Organising Committee (LOC), has however assured that journalists in Edo would be accredited.
“No journalist will be denied accreditation or entrance into the venue,” he said.(