Nasir Elrufai, Kaduna Governor
Nasir Elrufai, Kaduna Governor

MIGA: Kaduna Remain Permanent Venue, says El-Rufai

The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has assured that Kaduna would continue to be the host city for the Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA).

El-Rufai, while declaring open the 2018 MIGA in Kaduna, said the State Government was very proud of the sports facilities the State has in Kaduna.

“I have appealed to the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) to at the end of the games write a report on any shortfalls and gaps on the quality of the facilities.

I promise to work round the clock to upgrade it and make it up to international standard.

“We want to make this game the most important biennial sports festival in Nigeria”

“We will do whatever we can to invest in the upgrading of facilities to bring it up to international standard”, he said.

The Governor advised athletes to compete fair and with their conscience, adding that the best man or woman would always win.

“We hope to discover lots of talents who will represent Nigeria in international competitions”, he said.

Earlier, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), had said 60 percent of Nigerian athletes are professionals from the Services and representing the country in various sports.

He assured that the games would be getting better each year and the Ministry would do everything to improve on it.

The games’ opening ceremony featured a march-past of teams from all the Services and a tug-of-war. A total of 2,226 participants are expected at the games, made up of 1,410 athletes, 156 team officials, 24 federation officials, 155 technical officials, 126 security officials, 45 medical officials, 60 media practitioners and 80 volunteers.

The Games which started on Thursday will end on December 2, 2018