by crossriverwatch admin
In line with vision of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Dikko Abubakar on sports development, the Cross River State Police Commissioner has restated the commitment of the command to revive sporting events and facilities in police schools just as he promised to renew the spirit of the command’s officers and men toward sports.
The State Commissioner of Police Mr. Kola Shodipo stated this in Calabar when he received the sports committee of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Cross River State council led by its chairman, Comrade Judex Okoro in his office.
He said the moribund sports in the state police primary and secondary schools in the state will be resuscitated.
Cross River State hosts police primary school and one of the eight Police secondary schools across the country.
Shodipo called for partnership with journalists to sensitize the public on the effort of the command to revive sports within the police formations in Cross River State.
“We will invite you to see what we are doing on sports in both primary and secondary schools and will like you to report same to the world as a partner.
“We want to expose the students to practical sports development and catch them young in a conducive and serene environment in line with the IGP’s vision on sport development.” he said.
The Commissioner said as a strategy to keep fit and think smart as police personnel, sports is a ready made tool to indulge his personnel in their resting period.
“We are trying to resuscitate sporting life amongst the rank and file of the Police and we urge friends of the police to join us because sports changes attitude towards life.
“If you go to police officer’s Mess where our tennis court is located you will see what we are doing there, we are renovating everywhere from the scratch” a claim that the OC MESS who refused to mention her name described as unprecedented since she has been in charge of the sporting arena for years, when journalists visited the place.
The state police boss who said he has sustained peace in Cross River command since he assumed the position in February assured journalists of being part of their monthly jogging and keep fit exercise while urging journalists to keep supporting the command with sincere and objective reportage.
“I will join you and mobilize my DPOs to join me in your monthly jogging as requested and if the exigency of duties take me out for any reason, be rest assured that police will be there to provide security for you any day any time.” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the NUJ sports committee, Comrade Judex Okoro who solicited for the support of the Commissioner for the upcoming NUJ Media games, said the union was happy to identify with his office both as a sports man and thorough-bred Police officer.
Okoro reminded the CP that his appointment as the Chairman, Technical Committee of the Police Athletics Committee in the just concluded Police games in Port Harcourt by the Inspector General of Police speak volumes of his capacity as a true sports man and administrator.
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