Inspector General of Police Mohammed Dikko Abubakar
By Olawale Ajimotokan
The 10th edition of the Nigeria Police Games will cost no less than N500 million to be successfully organised, the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Dikko Abukakar disclosed Monday.
The biannual games are to be staged in Port Harcourt next month.
THISDAYSports had last week reported that over 5000 policemen from all the 12 police zonal commands nationwide will participate in the Games designed to help the force to forge better relationships among its formations well as help in unlocking the sporting potentials of the men of the force.
At the unveiling of the logo and the games mascot held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja Monday, Abubakar told reporters that the amount proposed was to be expended on many aspects considered as vital to the successful staging of the events.
According to him, substantial parts of the budget outlay would go into providing accommodation, kitting, merchandising, medals, trophies, feeding, security, venues, facilities and other related logistics.
The Nigeria Police is known for its profile for churning out outstanding athletes who excelled at the global level in different sporting specialties.
Individuals like the late Sunday Bada, Chioma Ajunwa (athletics) Amaka Muduakor (golf) and Julius Aghahowa (football) will readily come to mind.
Conscious of the need to sustain this lofty tradition, Abubakar who said that the police authority will reserve 200 spots for sportsmen and women during its next recruitment exercise, pleaded with spirited public corporations to assist in the successful staging of the games by identifying with the police force through sponsorship support.
"We (the men and women of the Nigeria Police) have done more than other institutions towards the development of sports in Nigeria. The record can be cross checked and I stand to be challenged on that. Sports development is at the core of the police programme because if you don't have a physically and mentally equipped policeman, he won’t be able to discharge his responsibilities," admitted Abubakar, who was a member of the board of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) from 1997-1999.
The police chief, who also assured of accountability for money realised, said that Mutual Benefit Insurance has been appointed as the insurance partner, while the force is looking for an official banker.
The last edition of the games was held in Lagos in 2010.