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NYSC Zonal Sports/Cultural Festival: 312 Participants Flag -Off Competition In Ogun
No fewer than 312 corps members on Monday commenced the Interstate Zonal Preliminaries of the 2018 National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Sports and Cultural Festivals holding in Ogun.
The teams drawn from Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Kwara, Ekiti and Oyo states flagged-off the tournament at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Sagamu Ogun.
In his welcome address, Mr John Okpo, the Ogun NYSC State Coordinator, commended the early arrival of the participants and urged them to be disciplined in their tasks.
He described the festivals, which was instituted in 1984, as a tool for cultural integration across the country.
Okpo explained that the event seeks to instill competitive spirit among corps members while serving as a platform for social interactions.
He said participants will challenge themselves in football, volleyball, athletics, drama, dance and stand-up comedy.
“The aims and objectives of the NYSC schem to bring about unity is being actualised through this laudable competition.
“It is noteworthy that the zonal preliminaries we are here to witness will give room for winning teams to qualify for the finals.
“Please ensure you treat yourselves with utmost sportsmanship so as not to allow casualities,” Okpo said.
The NYSC boss then thanked the Ogun State government for support and providing the enabling environment for the programme.
The event, themed; ‘Integrating Sports and Culture for National Unity’ will run between July 9-12 with victors to progress to the finals competition at a later date.
The competition is being held nationwide in the six geo-political zones comprising – Delta, Ogun, Katsina, Jigawa and Abia states’ simultaneously.
The middlebelt zone, Plateau state, was shifted to Kaduna for safety and security concerns.