Abuja, March 18, 2017 (TNE): Eighty-one polytechnics are expected to participate in the 19th edition of the Nigerian Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA) slated for April 26 to May 6 at the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa.
Aisha Audu-Emeje, a member of the 19th NIPOGA Local Organising Committee (LOC), made this known when a delegation of the LOC visited the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, in Abuja.
According to a statement on Friday signed by Tolu Makinde, Director of Information in the ministry, the LOC solicited for the ministry’s support in organising a hitch-free event.
It reported Audu-Emeje, wife of a former governor in Kogi as saying skills acquisition and entrepreneurial training were some of the innovations introduced and lined up for this year’s games.
She said that was “to ensure that the 19th Games expands the frontiers of talent development and self-employment generation for youths”.
Audu-Emeje said the games were being re-positioned in line with Federal Government’s resolve to make sports promotion an instrument of national peace and integration.
She solicited the ministry’s partnership in both cash and kind for the realisation of the objective.
On his part, Dalung promised to return schools’ sports in Nigeria to a prime place as part of efforts to promote grassroots sports development.
“This is the right way to go, if Nigeria is to realise its potential as a giant of sports in Africa and the world.”
Dalung expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation for the forthcoming games, and gave his endorsement for the games.
He called for the support of the organised private sector to make the sports fiesta a huge success.
“NIPOGA has been part of several games in Nigeria which have produced athletes for the nation”.
Dalung was named the Patron of the Games. (TNE)