The Kwara state polytechnic, Ilorin, has expressed its readiness to host about 51 Polytechnics and Monotechnics 3,000 athletes and 1,000 officials for the 20th edition of Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA) that is scheduled to commence on 5th of February 2020 to 16th of February 2020
The Rector of the polytechnic, Engr. Abdul Jimoh Muhammed disclosed this while addressing the Journalists and some traditional leaders around polytechnic communities at the campus of the Institution in Ilorin,Kwara State.
In his words, the Rector, said “the 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”
The Rector, who assumed office last year November said “although the games ought to have come up last year December, just a month after my resumption but I eventually appealed to the National Executive of NIPOGA for postponement to February 2020, for us to have proper arrangements for the successful hosting of the game”
On security of life’s and properties during the event, the Rector confirmed that the school had established partnership with all the security agencies in the state, including Army to ensure the event go peacefully.
The Rector however urged traditional leaders around the polytechnic communities to be friendly to all the visitors that are coming for the games as most of them might be visiting the state for the first time to have memorable experience about the state and its people.
“We should all be ready to assist, interact, direct our guests who are relatively new to this 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 are so much rely on us to always guide them properly whenever occasion demands”
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.
While Considering 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.