By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Nigeria Police Force, (NPF) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, came tops on the medal table at the just concluded third edition of the One Service One Medal, (OSOM) Games in Kaduna.
The NPF garnered a total of 41 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze to emerge champions at the Games; while the Nigerian Prisons Service claimed 8 gold, 20 silver, 14 bronze to finish second, and the Nigerian Fire Service gathered 5 gold, 14 silver, 18 bronze medals to place third.
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, (CP) Ahmed Abdurrahman, who supervised the Tug-of-War and Match Past also watched a display from the Nigerian Police anti-riot squad.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Adesola described the OSOM Games as an avenue to discover talents that will make the country proud.
“Your participation here is not in vain. It is not all about winning medals, but developing of talents and bonding of friendship by Military and Para-Military agencies,” he added.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by Mr. Stanley Okebubu, assured that the ministry will in line with its policy thrust, continue to develop grassroots sports.
In the invitational relay aimed at motivating athletes in secondary schools, Faith Academy Kaduna finished first in the male category, second position was claimed by St. Michael Academy, while Bethel Baptist High School came third.
The girls category saw Faith Academy Kaduna clinched gold, Our Lady of Fatima Girls Secondary School claimed silver, while Jupavi Schools finished third.
The event which started on November 30, featured seven sports and attracted 360 athletes and officials.
The OSOM Games was initiated as a result of Nigeria’s poor outing at the 2012 Olympic Games. The first edition was held in Kaduna in 2014 with a total of 329 athletes.
The objectives of OSOM includes; to identify and develop high performance athletes for the country, to develop more friendly relationships among the officers and men of the Military and Para-Military agencies in the country.
Others are: to enhance and elevate sports nationally, regionally and globally, to encourage mass participation of the agencies in sporting activities for the promotion of health and physical fitness, to establish a standard programme for athletes’ succession from one generation to the other, and to reinvigorate national unity.