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Cross River State Security Unity Cup for military, para-military and other uniformed organizations has been flagged off this weekend in Calabar.
While flagging off the two weeks football competition, Chairman of the occasion, Deputy Commandant of Corps, DCC, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC Calabar DCC, Haliru Usman in his speech said the rationale behind the competition is to foster peace through sporting activities especially football amongst the various security agencies.
He further disclosed that the only challenge confronting the competition is financial constrains.
The DCC however promised that the competition will be like no other ever organized urging the participating teams to be well behaved irrespective of rank or class difference but to play for oneness and to keep fit which is a rudiment for uniform men.
Also speaking, Superintendent of Police, SP Akin Fakorede, Divisional Police Officer, DPO Airport Division who represented the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sola Sodipo said the he hopes the competition will be an avenue for inter-agency synergy, relationship and peaceful coexistence which is pivotal.
He expressed high hopes that the men of the Nigerian Police will win the completion. The Commissioner stated that the competition will go a long way in enhancing physical fitness for the participants.
On his part, the Chairman, Cross River State Football Coaches Association, Mr. Etta Egbe who doubles as the National Public Relations Officer, PRO Coaches Association of Nigeria said part of the aims of the tournament is to help expose and showcase hidden talents in
He added that his unions’ contribution is by giving all the coaches involved in the competition an automatic ticket to become members of the professional body in the state to help them improve on their coaching skills.
The Local Organizing Committee Chairman, Assistant Superintendent of Prison Service, ASP Eke Nsa Nta told CrossRiverWatch that the competition is the first of its kind and it’s his brain child because of his love for sports.
He also informed that the competition will be yearly and in subsequent time will include other sporting activities. According to him the first prize winner will cart away the trophy with an undisclosed cash prize, while the second and third place winners will get medals and undisclosed sums of cash.
The participating teams are Nigerian Police Force, Fire Service, Customs, Department of Public Transportation, DOPT, National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Nigeria Prison Service and Immigration Service.
The opening match was between men of the Nigerian Police and Fire Service with the Police team defeating their opponent by one goal to nil.
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