After much preparations, Eko 2012 kicks off.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Tuesday night, officially declared open the 18th National Sports Festival, Eko 2012.
The Vice President who stood in for the president, Goodluck Jonathan, presided over the colourful opening ceremony which took place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
The vice president delivered greetings from the president, saying the latter was unavoidably absent.
Mr. Sambo reiterated the reason the National Sports Festival was created. He said the festival is to foster national unity.
There was a march past by the contingents of the 36 participating states before the Mr. Sambo declared the games open.
He said the state that wins the competition will get N15m while 2nd and 3rd place will go away with 10 and 5 million naira respectively.