KADUNA – (Interior Ministry Report) – The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai (Mallam) has assured that Kaduna would continue to be the host city for the Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA). He said this while declaring open the 2018 MIGA in Kaduna, indicating that the State Government is very proud of the sports facilities available in Kaduna.
“I have appealed to the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) to at the end of the games write a report on any shortfalls and gaps on the quality of the facilities. I promise to work round the clock to upgrade it and make it up to international standards. We want to make this game the most important biennial sports festival in Nigeria. We will do whatever we can to invest in the upgrading of facilities to bring it up to international standards,” he mentioned.
The Governor advised athletes to compete fairly and with their consciences, adding that the best man or woman would always win. He expressed the hope to discover lots of talents, who will represent Nigeria in international competitions.
Speaking earlier, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau (Lt Gen Rtd) inferred that 60 percent of Nigerian athletes are professionals from the services representing the country in various sports. He assured that the games would be getting better each year and the Ministry would do everything to improve on it.
The opening ceremony of the games featured a march-past of teams from all the services and a tug-of-war. The 2,226 participants expected at the games were to comprise: 1,410 athletes, 156 team officials, 24 federation officials, 155 technical officials, 126 security officials, 45 medical officials, 60 media practitioners and 80 volunteers. The games which started on Thursday will end on December 2, 2018.