By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The management team of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, has said the citadel would host the 20th edition of Nigeria Polytechnic Game(NIPOGA)with about N190million.
The Rector, Eng.Abdul Muhammed said though the total amount to be expended wasn’t available.
The Rector disclosed this on Wednesday while addressing the Journalists and some Traditional Rulers around polytechnic communities at the Institution in Ilorin,Kwara State.
He disclosed their readiness to host nothing less than 4,000 participants coming for the Game scheduled to commence on 5th and16th February 2020.
About 51 Polytechnics and Monotechnics are expected to participate in the games with 3,000 athletes and 1,000 officials.
“Facilities to be used for the games have been put in proper shape. It is our hope that the event will foster unity among the participating institutions, encourage discipline and enhance physical fitness. It is also expected that it will remove cultural, tribal, religious, racial barriers and other parochial differences among the participants,” he said.
The Rector, who assumed office in November 2019 said although the games ought to have come up last year December, just a month after his resumption but appealed to the National Executive of NIPOGA for the postponement to February 2020, in order to have proper arrangements for the successful hosting of the game.
On the security of lives and properties during the event, the Rector confirmed that the school had established a partnership with all the security agencies in the state, including Army so as to witness peacefully event.
Rector urged traditional leaders around the polytechnic communities to be friendly with all the visitors coming for the games, as most of them might be visiting the state for the first time and it will be good for them to have memorable experiences about the state and people.
“We should all be ready to assist, interact, direct our guests who are relatively new in the state, we must all avoid being hostile to our guests as much as we can, to display affable disposition before, during and after the event, because they will so much rely on us to always guide them properly, whenever occasion demands,” he said.
The Rector also called on the host and visitors in the forthcoming games to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship to solidify the existing peace and harmony in which Kwara state is known for during the event.
Consider the numbers of games, contingents will be competing for during the event, such as Volleyball, Table Tennis, Scrabble, Hockey, Athletics, Handball, Tennis, Basket Ball, Chess, Badminton, Taekwondo and Football, the Rector said, the Institution will also make use of some facilities at the Kwara state stadium for quality hosting.
Meanwhile, the Rector went down memory lane on the first time the institution hosted the game in 1981 where 4 Bronze,3 Medal and 4 Gold were won.
Muhmmed also disclosed that measures have been put in place to check Lassa fever and Coronavirus.
In his response, Magaji Eleko, Komina Allah who spoke on behalf of other Traditional Rulers promised to provide maximum support to the success of the event.