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Akwa Ibom Set To Host 2022 Biennial Police Games

…As Olympic Standard Swimming Pool for Inauguration, November 22

The Evangelist edition
November 20, 2022

Preparations are in top gear for the hosting of the 2022 13th Biennial Nigeria Police Games in Akwa Ibom State.

The Police sports fiesta which is scheduled for commencement on the 23rd of November, 2022 will have not less than thirty-five thousand officers in the Nigeria Police Force and allied service providers in participation .

The State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, dropped the hint while addressing worshippers during the November edition of the Monthly Government House Prayer Meeting held at the Latter House Chapel, Government House, Uyo.

Governor Emmanuel described the Police Games as one of the biggest sporting events in the state, affirming that it will bring about an upsurge in the socio-economic activities of the state.

“Within the week we will have a lot of visitors coming into the state. We are hosting the Police Games in Akwa Ibom State and over 6,000 athletes will be here and it will commence on 23rd November, 2022. It will be a season of big economic activities. By the time you have 35,000 people come into your state, no matter what, they will buy pure water, eat roosted plantain and stimulate the economy of the state,” he stated.

Governor Emmanuel further assured that the 2022 edition of Akwa Ibom State Carol Festival will be the best of its kind, adding that two new A320 aircrafts acquired to increase the Ibom Air fleet were already in the country.

The acquisition, he explained, was to meet up with the envisaged heightened demand that will be occasioned by the state’s signature Christmas event, in addition to the usual Yuletide rush.

To ascertain the state of facilities for the week long sporting event, Governor Udom Emmanuel later moved to inspect ongoing work at the Uyo Sports Stadium where an Olympic size swimming pool and other indoor games facilities are being constructed.

At the stadium, Governor expressed satisfaction at the pace of work execution and thanked the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba and the police hierarchy for the choice of Akwa Ibom State for the Police Games which, according to him, gave the inspiration to expand and improve upon existing sports facilities in the state as well as the push to put new ones in place.

He also gave kudos to the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko and his team of indigenous engineers for proving their metle in the quality of work, timeliness and level of completion of the project, justifying their expertise on the inspiration from the Dakkada philosophy of his administration.

In his interaction with Government House Correspondents shortly after conducting the Governor and his team around the facilities, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko, assured that the swimming pool project was near completion and will be commissioned for usage before the commencement of the 2022 Police Games on November 23.

The Sports Commissioner explained that the swimming pool was built to Olympic standard with dimensions of 25 metres by 50 meters in area, 2 meters in depth, with a 1,500 spectators capacity in a well covered sitting area.

Also, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olatoye Durosinmi, described the state as a safe haven for the event and expressed satisfaction at the preparedness of the the state to host the 2022 Police Games, assuring of safety and security for visitors and citizens.

The Police boss promised that the police, as usual, is ready to thrill Nigerians again with the display of world-class sports talents.

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