Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa counts blessings as Laspotech wins NIPOGA 2017

Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Professor Shettima Abdulkadir Saidu

The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Professor Shettima Abdulkadir Saidu has revealed that hosting the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Polytechnic Games ( NIPOGA) has helped the school to upgrade its facilities among other gains.

Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) emerged overall winners of the 19th NIPOGA Games with 16 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals, Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti came second with 15 gold, 10 silver, 12 bronze medals, while Yaba College of Education took the third spot with 10 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the competition hosted by the school from April 26 to May 6, Professor Shettima disclosed, “a lot of lasting gains were made during the sport fiesta that would impact positively in the lives of our students, contingents and the sports community​ as a whole.”

He explained that some of the successes of the games include the indigenous construction of the cauldron, mascot, the pavilion named after the state governor, Umaru Al-Makura and the commissioning of the 1,500 capacity President Muhammadu Buhari Multipurpose Hall.

“Other improvements include the active participation of many institutions across the country, the commissioning of the FPN FM 88.5 Radio station, which broadcasted the entire NIPOGA activities and the indigenization of the NIPOGA attire used during the event,” he added.

The Rector applauded all participants for their good conduct, discipline, sportsmanship and maturity throughout the games and also thanked the state government and other stakeholders for their support in making the event a success.

The Rector also called on sports stakeholders and spirited individuals to offer more support to the NIPOGA initiative so that it can achieve its lofty goals of developing sports through the youth system.

In his speech, Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State expressed appreciation to the NIPOGA Council for choosing the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa to host the competition and also thanked contingents that participated in the competition for making the event colourful and memorable.

He revealed that his administration will soon revive tertiary institutions competition in the state to promote unity, discipline and affection, as well as develop young talents in sporting activities and sustain the gains of the games.

“There is no doubt that sports play an important role in national integration and development. It is for this reason that the government of Nasarawa State has given sports and sporting activities the desired priority and attention.

“Efforts are also being made to revive the annual schools sport and tertiary institutions competitions aimed at promoting unity, discipline, love and affection, as well as the development of young talents in sporting activities,” he said.

He added that creating a vibrant sports society and offering skills acquisition programmes would also offer youths diverse opportunities to be gainfully employed and positively engaged thereby reducing youth restiveness.

Also speaking, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by Mr. Hussein Adamu, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry praised Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa for conducting a peaceful and successful NIPOGA Games devoid of rancour.

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