Athletic

Vice-President Osinbajo Sports Minister to flag-off Anambra Police Games

Amawbia-Vice-President of Nigeria Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will on Feb. 29 kick-off the 12th Police Games in Anambra State.

Police Public Relations Officer Mr Frank Mbah a Deputy Commissioner of Police said this during a telephone briefing at Police Headquarters Awka.

Mbah who confirmed the arrival of VP Osinbajo also said that Sports Minister Mr Sunday Dare would also be in the Anambra Capital for the bi-ennial Games.

Mr Mbah said that the Games would run from Feb. 29 to March 7 with athletes to compete in 20 sports.

Some centres for the Games include Alex Ekwueme Square Awka the venue for the opening ceremonies Rojenny Stadium Oba Tansian University and Agulu Lake Hotel.

He noted that no fewer 3000 athletes from 12 zonal police commands and force headquarters would be expected to participate in the competition.

Each zone is made up of three commands except zone 6 with four and zone 2 with two commands.

The Force PPRO said that sports would promote community policing which Anambra State had embraced.

He added that it would enable the police to identify with communities in Anambra educating them through sports as well as need for community policing initiative.

Mbah observed that the sporting Infrastructure in Anambra which were being upgraded to global standards would also remain a signature project for the state.

Some of the sporting infrastructure are being upgraded to world standard while some are being introduced. For example the swimming pool that is being built at Ekwueme Square is of standard level.

Apart from sports infrastructure the Games will also boost economic activities and create various windows of economic advantages by improving quality transactions among local businesses.

Some professional coaches and sports experts will as well troop into the state to scout for talented athletes in Anambra for international sporting outings Mbah said.

He also urged the people of the state to demonstrate a high level of commitment and support as potential would be harnessed.

Source: Anambra State Government