Nasarawa kicks off first security inter-agency football competition – The Sun Nigeria


By Abel Leonard, lafia

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule on Sunday declared open the first edition of the INTER-AGENCY SECURITY football competition held at the Federal University in Lafia, the state capital.

The event tagged “Governor Sule Inter-Security Football Competition” kicked off on Monday with the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Amb. Lucky Isaac Yargwa, representing the Governor.

He said, “Today is, indeed, a historic day in Nasarawa State as it births the first security inter-agency football activity for better security service delivery and a better society.

“This is a deliberate event sponsored by the state government through the SSA Office of Sports.

“Sport is one of the pivots of this administration.

“As such, our mission in facilitating this tournament is to foster inter-agency cooperation, to enhance the mental, emotional and physical well-being of our security personnel for peak performance at their various duty stations.

“It’s also about building tolerance and improving staff stamina.

“More specifically, too, sport provides an important opportunity to develop life skills in people at risk that enable them to better cope with the challenges of daily life and move away from violence, crime, consumer drugs or any other social vice.

The Governor added that his administration continues to improve athletic facilities across the state to provide a conducive environment for athletes to showcase their talents, stressing that his administration will continue to offer support to security agencies. of State.

“As a government, we are working to overhaul our sports infrastructure to better respond to world trends and produce the best of our sports men and women at sports festivals.

“Similarly, we will continue to support our security agencies to be able to fulfill the mandate of securing the lives and property of citizens.”

The state’s number one citizen called on attendees to make their various agencies proud by playing by the rules of the game.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the event and Commanding General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, Dr. Abubakar Audi ably represented by the State Commander of the Corps, Bappa Abbas Mohammed, explained that the tournament would help boost inter-agency cooperation for effective service delivery.

“Sport, especially football, has long been identified as unifying.

“The thinking behind the organization of this tournament for security agencies by the ever-forward-looking government of Abdullahi Sule is to be applauded.

“This tournament will help foster much needed peace in Nasarawa State for meaningful development.

“I want to state categorically that this tournament will strengthen the bonds of friendship between the various security agencies and the people of the state we serve.”

He called on the state government to make it an annual event to improve performance.

The promoter of the competition, Comrade Hamza Ibrahim Moyi (SSA), “the need for a transparent working relationship between the various security formations and to entrench a peaceful and prosperous state of Nasarawa”, necessitated the initiative, revealing that he would continue to contribute his quota to the Sule administration to “exceed all expectations”.

The heads of the various participating agencies were present at the event.

In the opening match, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were unable to maintain their lead in the second half as they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by a resilient Nigeria Police squad after 1-minute strike saw both sides split the spoils. with each of the goals scored by
Rabiu Ari (FRSC) and Umar Musa (Nigeria Police Force).

In matches played on Monday, Nigeria Immigration Service lost 0-2 to Department of State Services while Nigeria Army played a goalless draw with Nigeria Correctional Services.

On Tuesday, NAYES will deal with the Nigerian Police at 2 p.m. and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps will entertain the National Drug Enforcement Agency at 4 p.m. at Lafia Federal University.

Daily Sun reports that ten military and paramilitary security agencies, consisting of the Nigerian Army (AN), Nigerian Police (NPF), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), National (NDLEA), Nasarawa State Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES), Federal Fire Service (FFS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS), Department of State Services (DSS ) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Trophies and other prizes will be awarded to teams that excel in the inaugural tournament.


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