No fewer than 2,376 participants from five services under the Ministry of Interior namely: Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Prison Service (NPS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and Federal Fire Service (FFS), are expected to take part in the 2018 Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA) slated to hold in Kaduna from November 22 to December 2.
Chairman of the Main Organising Committee (MOC) of the Games, Alhassan Yakmud, disclosed this shortly after the inauguration of the committee by the permanent secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Mohammed Bello Umar in Abuja, yesterday.
He said the games was conceptualised to give Nigerian citizens a platform to interact with security operatives within their immediate community and expand the frontier of talents development in the country.
“This competition has come as another opportunity for us to serve the nation in the sports sector. As the permanent secretary did say, the competition would be organised according to the best practice and transparency.
“The purpose is to show to Nigerian citizens that there is also a platform for them to interact with security operatives within their immediate community. It is an opportunity to see security operatives interacting informally in a more relaxed environment in order to promote peace and unity in the country.
“It is a new ground for us to expand the frontier of talents development because of the most participants are above 20 year of age and most likely establishes athletes that would represent Nigeria at the international competitions,” he said.
According to him, a total 1,854 athletes, 222 officials, 100 volunteers and about 200 security operatives would participate in 12 sporting events during the games.
Inaugurating the 19-member Organizing Committee, Dr Mohammed Bello Umar, permanent secretary of Ministry of Interior, charged the members of the committee with the responsibility of organising the second edition of the biennial sports event for the Ministry and its agencies.
While trusting the ability of the Committee to perform the task before it, he urged the committee to ensure orderliness and proper coordination of all the athletes who would competing for laurels in the 12 games being contended for, namely: athletics, tug of war, swimming, tennis, table tennis, badminton, karate, taekwando, basketball, handball, volleyball and football.
He appealed to public and private organisations in the country to support Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA) sports initiative with a view to building a vibrant workforce that will ensure safety and security of the country.
.He appealed to public and private organisations in the country to support Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA) sports initiative with a view to build vibrant workforce that will ensure safety and security of the country.
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