Seriki Adinoyi 

Polo players from across the country at the weekend converged on the Hassan Usman Katsina Polo field in Jos, Plateau state for a week-long 2017 Annual Polo Peace Tournament organised and sponsored by NASCO Group of companies.

The company, among its many other social responsibilities has been committed to fostering socio-economic interactions, as well as helping to consolidate on the gains of peaceful coexistence on the Plateau.

Marketing Communications Advisor of NASCO, Haroun Harry Audu, noted that “the continuing involvement of the company in the Jos Annual Polo Tournament is consciously anchored on a corporate commitment to promote peaceful coexistence, through sports-tourism.”

He observed that “NASCO played a leading role in 2015, in reviving ‘The Game of Kings’ in Jos following a period of lull occasioned by crises in the state.
“It is noteworthy that this bold step by NASCO in 2015, signaled the return and consolidation of peace, harmony and communal relationships in Jos and Plateau state.”

He added that polo players, guests and tourists are excited to be in Jos at this time, united by their love for the game, and their attraction to Jos, Nigeria’s foremost home of peace and tourism.
Audu added that “NASCO Group, through its marketing department has therefore again intervened to strongly and roundly provide targeted sponsorship for the 2017 Jos Annual Polo Tournament.

“The overall, substantial branding provisioning has rightly given the NASCO brand, a bold, befitting presence, giving the tournament venue, and associated facilities such as the freshly renovated NASCO Grandstand; a beautiful, welcoming ambience. This is consistent, and further stamps the historical sponsorship leadership role of NASCO in this prestigious annual event, going over forty years now.

“This critical value addition to Jos Polo Club by NASCO represents a vital part of our ongoing, corporate commitment towards the advancement of sports development and promotion, and for the advancement of recreation, peace, and tourism in Plateau State in particular, and pan Nigeria.”
The Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF) has also recognised and deeply commended NASCO’s intervention in this regard; celebrating it as a remarkable and worthy partner that must be emulated by other corporate organisations.

The Tournament Secretary, Saddiq Danladi Bobby, who spoke at the event, said, “by the special grace of God, we have succeeded in organising a peaceful tournament where people have come from all works of life. Players and visitors to this 2017 tournament in Jos cut across 54 ethnic and religious groups. We are impressed by the turnout as several teams and polo clubs are here and they know first-hand that indeed relative peace has returned to this state.”

Meanwhile, about 16 Polo clubs are participating in the tournament. They include Bauchi MA Club, Jos Malcomines, Yola Fombina, Jos Jengre Petroleum, Minna Profile, Bauchi MA, Kano Bichi, Jos Green Cube, Yola Yelwa, Bauchi Fine Aluminium, Bauchi Mazaha, Zaria West Stream, Jos AB Galla, Jos Naraguta Leather, Jos AA Aruwa, and Jos Control Chambers, among others.