37th FEPSGA Games begin in Lokoja
No fewer than 10, 000 participants drawn from over 70 ministries, departments and extra ministerial departments are billed to battle for medals in 16 games in this year’s Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA).
The games, which is being hosted by Kogi State at its 37th edition is billed to commence today and last till December 15.
The National President FEPSGA, Comrade Aloku Amaebi said yesterday in a pre-games seminar in Lokoja that the Federation of Public Service Games was the umbrella body of sports in all ministries, parastatals and extra ministerial departments in Nigeria.
“We have 16 competitive games in the annual public service games, and the host State is also expected to participate but we don’t allow professionals.
“The professionals should be at the annual sports festival, as this game is for only public servants, civil servants including parastatals and also agencies. I am sure Kogi State is also prepared to participate in the games.”
“This is the first time Kogi State is hosting FEPSGA games, and coincidentally it is the 37th edition of the annual public service games.
“Governor Yahaya Bello assured the body that all the facilities would be in good State, and that security would also be provided for a decent annual public games to take place.”
“This Games will boost the economy of the State because all Federal workers are coming in, and you know what that means in terms of the economy of the State. So I want to thank the Governor for this laudable initiative because it is another way of empowering the good people of Kogi State.”
“The participating ministries, departments and extra ministerial departments are up to 70, so we are expecting about 10, 000 contingents in Lokoja tomorrow (today),” he stated.
The President explained that the Annual Public Service Games was just one of the cardinal activities of the FEPSGA.
“The essence of the programs of the FEPSGA is to ensure that civil servants are physically fit, mentally healthy to face their challenges in office.”