*81 Polytechnics expected to participate in this edition
FIFA agent and sports development consultant, Emmanuel Omijeh said the 2017 Nigeria Polytechnic Games (NIPOGA) would promote peace among youths in the country if the appropriate human resources are effectively and efficiently deployed to promote sports in the country’s educational system.
The 2017 edition of NIPOGA, tagged “Nasarawa 2017” will be hosted by the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, from 26th April to 6th May.
According to him, “this is supposed to be bigger than the Universities Games due to the proliferation of polytechnics in the nation. This year’s game is expected to accommodate students from over 81 Nigerian polytechnics, comprising more than 2,000 athletes.
Only the National Sports festival is supposed to beat NIPOGA in size. From the very inception, the NIPOGA which had produced excellent athletes who had done the nation proud in international sporting arena was born out of the desire to channel youths’ attention toward self-development.
“This year’s NIPOGA, tagged “Nasarawa 2017” which is in its 19th edition, promises to be a special fiesta.
“When we say fiesta, it involves more than just sports. The event plans to have a social centre where youths will showcase their dexterity in designs and entrepreneurial cleverness.
“In other words, youths are expected to engage in not just the on-field sporting affairs, but also in all sectors, starting from the planning itself.
“The word ‘peace-bridge’ is the main theme and ideology behind hype up this particular edition.
“Looking at the location where the tournament will take place, being the North Central part of the country which has experienced recent communal clashes, there is no gainsaying it is a choice location.
“Peace in the region has been truncated and so there is a need to engage the youth positively as much as possible,” he said.