Kida urges oil companies to invest in sports as 2018 NOGIG begins
He enjoined the athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship and ‘lose cheerfully,’ because tomorrow victory could swing in your favour.”
Declaring the games open at the Chevron Recreation Centre, Gbagada, Kida, who is also President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, said, “we owe a lot of gratitude to the founding fathers of NOGIG, who envisaged a platform to explore other avenues to compete among ourselves outside our occupational endeavours.”
He pledged his commitment to NOGIG, saying, “As a sportsman, I want to pledge my support for NOGIG, any time they knock on my door.”
Kida supplied all the trophies and medals being competed for at the games.
In a ceremonial table tennis match that heralded the competition, Kida defeated Esimaje Brikinn, GM, Government and Public Affairs Department, Chevron Nigeria, to win the games’ first gold medal.
He challenged companies in the Oil and Gas sector to use a fraction of their profits to support sports in the country, adding, “Sports is my first passion and it is a passion I will go down with.”
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