Egbetokun Declares 14th Biennial Police Games Open In Ibadan

…..Oyo is now a tourist destination – Makinde

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, on Saturday at the Lekan Salami Sport Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan declared open the 14th Biennial Police Games tagged Oluyole 2024, stating that the event is a unique sports competition to celebrate mental health, spirit of sportsmanship and unity in the country.

He lauded the Oyo State governor for providing the platform to showcase the rich cultural heritage, vibrant economic potential and state-of-the-art sporting facilities in the state, saying: “I express my deepest gratitude to the governor of Oyo State for providing a platform to showcase to the world the rich cultural heritage, vibrant economy potential and state of the art sporting facilities of the Pacesetter State.”

He added that the Army and the Nigeria Police have continued to work tirelessly to sustain peace in the country.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the host Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde said it was only proper that the BIPOGA is held in Oyo State, the new destination for experiential tourism in the country.

He charged the participants from each Zone and Command to put in their best, while he also called on residents of Oyo State to pay more attention to the sports and entertainment sectors to attract international communities to the state.

He said: “Let me, once again, welcome everyone to the 14th Biennial Games, Oluyole 2024.

The 13th edition was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State but, today, it has moved to the South-West. Awalokan!

“It is fitting that Oyo State is hosting this edition in the first year of Omituntun 2.0. As you already know, we are projecting Oyo State as the place to come for experiential tourism. And what special way are we supposed to experience Oyo State, Nigeria, than through sports?

“Sports has been a uniting factor for us all. One of the most unifying moments we remember as a nation was the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where Nigeria won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

“One of Nigeria’s gold medals was won by Nigerian Policewoman, Chioma Ajunwa. Today, she still holds the record.

“So, this shows how important the games are. It is a great way to discover and project talents to the world. I don’t expect anything less from the athletes that are in front of me here.
“As we seek sustainable ways of solving our economic issues, we must pay attention to, and properly package sports and entertainment sectors so that the international community can come to us to enjoy our home-grown tourism.

“I believe that games like these have the potential to boost our economy.

These games also allow us to see another side of the friendly and competitive side of the Nigerian Police.

“So, on behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, I declare this event open.”

The opening ceremony featured parades from the seventeen zones and the headquarters of the Nigeria Police, hoisting of the Games’ flag and cultural displays, among others.

4,000 policemen and policewomen will be participating in different sporting events.

The event had in attendance, the Police Management Team, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Olanike Adeyemo; the Chief of Staff to the Governor and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of Oluyole 2024, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi; and the Oyo State Head of Service, Mrs Olubunmi Oni, among others