By Nwabueze Akabogu
The cheering news that the Nigeria Police High Command had chosen Anambra State to host the upcoming 2020 Biennial Police games was received by the good people of Anambra State (Ndi Anambra) with great joy and excitement. The decision of the Police High Command to select Anambra State for the historic games clearly underscored the general belief and acknowledgement that Anambra State under the able leadership of the indefatigable and dynamic Governor Willie Obiano is obviously the safest State in Nigeria as exemplified by the 21st century state of the arts security architecture now in place in the State.
It will be recalled that only recently, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar Adamu had the singular honour and privilege to officially commission the digitalized security vehicles and gadgets procured by the State government for the security of Ndi Anambra and other citizens domiciled in the State.
The forthcoming Police games in Anambra State is therefore a reaffirmation of the fact that Anambra State is the safest State that currently enjoys relative peace and absolute tranquility occasioned by the adequate security network operating across the State. The Nigeria Police hierarchy must therefore be commended for its due recognition of Anambra State as one of the safest State in the country and which had informed its wise choice of the State for the historic event. The Police authorities must also be commended for using the Police Games as a veritable instrument for the promotion of healthy body and mind of its personnel who during the ten days sports extravaganza would obviously remove their minds from their daily highly tasking and hazardous duties and enjoy more relaxed and convivial atmosphere not only among the athletes themselves but they would equally enjoy personal interactions with their fellow Nigerian compatriots who are expected to watch the games in their large numbers to cheer them on. The common saying that all work without play makes Jack a dull boy is very apt in the context of the foregoing exposé.
Now coming to the games proper, about three sporting venues had already been selected for the sports fiesta namely: (a) The ultra-modern Rojeny Sports Stadium,Games Village at Oba in Idemili South LGA (b) The Otuocha Sports Stadium in Anambra East LGA and (c) The Alex Ekwueme Square within the Awka Capital City where the official opening of the games will be performed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo as the Special Guest of honour on 29th February 2020. It is worthy of mention also that adequate arrangements had been completed to camp the Police athletes in a conducive environment hence, the newly built and furnished NYSC Camp at Umuawulu-Mbaukwu as well as the surrounding hotels were selected for their maximum comfort.
It is no gainsaying the fact that, Ndi Anambra are very happy and proud for the rare honour done to them by the Police High Command and look forward with great enthusiasm to the sporting event which will commence on 29th February 2020 and end on 7th March 2020. Ndi Anambra hereby in unison welcome all the Police sports men and women to the “Light of the Nation” and assure them of our people’s legendary hospitality. We wish them a happy and exciting stay in Anambra State and healthy competition.
Anyi na-asi Ndi egwuregwu Uwe-oji Nigeria Nnonu na Anambra State.