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NIPOGA Games: NANS rejects ‘transfer of hosting rights’ to Kwara

The Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students, South-South Zone B, has objected to the switch of the internet hosting rights of the twenty second version of the Nigeria Polytechnic Video games from Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku to Kwara State.

Coordinator of the NANS Zone B (South-South) Secretariat, Levi Okuru, expressed the displeasure of scholars within the zone throughout a press convention in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Okuru described the switch of rights as sudden and unacceptable, saying the choice was taken with out consulting the scholars, the primary individuals within the occasion.

He mentioned if the venue was not shifted from Kwara to Delta, the scholars would mobilize and storm another chosen venue for the occasion. In response to him, the South-South area had by no means hosted the Video games earlier than.

Okuru said: “We categorical the dissatisfaction of the scholars over the sudden change of venue by some members of the COHEADS.

“The choice to relocate the video games to Kwara State is ill-timed, biased and brought with out session with stakeholders, particularly the scholars, who’re the most important individuals within the occasions.

“The sudden change of location is unacceptable to us and we demand a direct reversal of the choice.

“We want to state unequivocally, with out concern or favour, that there might be no NIPOGA Video games if Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku just isn’t the host establishment for the twenty second version as we are going to mobilise all our college students and constructions to storm another venue.”

Okuru reiterated NANS’ dedication to defending the pursuits of its members, saying: “We want to emphasise that the NANS South-South Zone has all the time been dedicated to selling the welfare and pursuits of Nigerian college students and won’t sit idly by whereas the rights of its members are violated.

“On this regard, we want to stress that if the choice just isn’t reversed, the affiliation might be compelled to take drastic measures to make sure that the rights of its members are protected.”

He added that the South-South Zone had by no means hosted the NIPOGA Video games since its inception and that Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, had invested closely in preparations for the Video games.

“It’s also on document that the South-South area as a geopolitical zone has by no means hosted the NIPOGA Video games within the final 4 many years when the Polytechnic Video games had been established. We aren’t a second fiddle to any area.

“The South-West and North-Central areas have hosted these Video games numerous occasions earlier than and it’s unlucky and unhappy to suppose that this time the Video games must be moved once more to North-Central as a substitute of the South-South area, which is the chosen location for this yr’s version.”

The Nigeria Polytechnic Video games are a biennial occasion that brings collectively college students from polytechnic colleges throughout the nation to compete in varied sports activities.

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