By Isaac Afolabi

The biennial 21st edition of the Nigeria Polytechnic games (NIPOGA) has been described as another key avenue to use sports to foster unity,peace and discover talents among Nigerian youths.

This was the submission of eminent personalities who graced the opening ceremony of the games at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo sports complex.

The ancient city of Owo in Ondo State hosted students officials and other stakeholders from other parts of the country for the 21st NIPOGA ,an event which many agreed was necessary to foster unity among Nigerian youths.

The President, NIPOGA and the Rector , Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo , Mr Adebola Ogundahunsi said the target of this year’s edition was not just hosting , participating or winning but creating opportunity for young Nigerians to come together , interact and also exhibit their skills and talents.

Also speaking, the Olowo of Owo Oba Ajibade Ogunoye called for more games and programmes that would bring people from different cultures together saying such would further promote unity of the nation.

Oba Ogunoye called on relevant stakeholders not to ignore sports as a vital tool that could transform youths elevating them from the grassroots to stardom.

Earlier,Ondo State governor Mr Oluwaroimi Akeredolu represented by the commissioner for youths and sports development Mr Bamidele Ologun said the state would not stop investing massively in youths.

A total of forty polytechnics , both Government and private including the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Plateau state Polytechnic Barkin Ladi Jos, Nuhu Bamili Polytechnic Zaria were currently participating in nine different sports which included Basketball,Squash, football, Badminton, Volleyball among others

The 21st NIPOGA ends on Saturday January 21st.

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