Awka- The 12th Bi-ennial Nigeria Police Games was on Feb. 29 formally opened in Awka the Anambra capital amid fanfare.
The Games has a theme: Promoting Community Safety Through Sports.
Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra in a welcome address thanked the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu and his team for finding Anambra State worthy hosts of the event.
The Governor explained that when the story of the new Anambra would be told the Nigeria Police and other security agencies would occupy enviable places as incredible partners.
It is a historical story in our dear state as this is the first major National sports festival that will take place since the creation of Anambra State on Aug. 27 1991.
Sports have played better roles in closing gaps between the people and strengthening of ties that bind us together.
Indeed as a nation it has shown that nothing brings Nigerians together than sports. Nothing gives Nigerians sense of unity than watching the National senior soccer team the Super Eagles of Nigeria win trophies Obiano said.
Inspector-General of Police Mr Adamu said the event was significant to the force and indeed the nation for a number of important duties.
Sports for us in Nigeria Police are considered as one of crucial elements in our operations.
Values of fairness discipline resilience and focus which are associated with us are also important tools that all police officers are expected to imbibe in order to remain high professional pedestal.
Police Games provide opportunity for us to enhance our citizen membership and imbibe the culture of resilience.
The Games avail us the opportunity to entertain and build Goodwill with the general public in the manner that will strengthen the community policing initiative he said.
Minister of Sports Mr Sunday Dare expressed satisfaction at the performance of sportsmen and women of the force who had done well in previous Olympic Games.
Mr Dare said that some of the greatest stories in the annuals of sporting history of the country were made possible by policemen and women who happen to be sportsmen and women too.
He explained that the likes of Chioma Ajunwa a Deputy Commissioner of Police who won Nigerias first individual Olympic gold medal and ex Super Eagles player Julius Aghahowa were police officers.
I have no doubts in my mind that this year’s edition of Games will produce a good number of talents that will join Team Nigeria for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan later in the year.
I wish to emphasise that the idea of public/private partnership that the IG has brought to bear in sports development will bear fruit he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari while declaring open the Games noted that the Games couldn’t have come at better time than now.
The president was represented by Alhaji Mohammed Negative Chairman Police Affairs.
He explained that the nation was currently faced with some security threats that require physically fit mentally sound and professionally competent officers to mitigate.
The Nation stands to benefit from the physical and mentally alertness that the Games will offer our officers that will compete in the event.
He stressed that the security of the citizens remain one of the cardinal vocals of his administrations next level agenda.
I am impressed at actions so far initiated by the IG in establishing the community policing.
I assure you that the FG will do everything within its powers to continue to equip the force President Buhari said.
Dignitaries at the opening ceremony include Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly Uche Okafor EFCC Chairman Mr Ibrahim Magu a former IG Ndi Igwes and other security operatives.
Source: Anambra State Government