The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has emerged the overall winner of the 35th edition of the annual Public Service Games, with a total of 33 Gold medals, 8 Silver and 1 bronze.
The week-long event organised by the Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA), involving Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal and State government, took place on the Plateau, at the Jos Township Stadium, with this years’ theme tagged: “Plateau Peace Games”, signalling the return of peace to the state.
Speaking on behalf of the team, the Commandant in charge of sports, Commander Ayodele Titus expressed gratitude that the team retained its place as the defending champion of the games which he said they have held for the past six to seven years.
Also on the tops of Gold cup grouping, the Customary Court of Appeal won the National Industrial Court: 3-2 after a goalless match, through penalty kicks, in the football category, retaining its position as champion after last year’s event in IMO FEPSGA 2015.
Furthermore, in the overall category, Team Plateau clinched the second position with a total of 7 Gold medals, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze, while Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) came third, with 4 Gold medals, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze.
Earlier, the Executive Governor of the state, Simon Lalong stressed the need for the sustainability of the games, saying that the games acts as a panacea for nation building; adding that on the plateau, there was a deliberate effort by his administration to ensure that peace is not compromised since assuming office the past one and a half year.
Lalong said: “as a government, we have committed ourselves in the past one and a half year to ensuring we restore and consolidate on peace through proactive peace building effort. We have set up institutional mechanisms and engaged communities, in ensuring we regain our time tested acclamation of being the home of peace and tourism.”
The National President FEPSGA, Dahiru Hassan, in his closing remarks, congratulated all the teams, saying there was no winner or loser as each time made remarkable efforts, adding that peace on the Plateau made it possible for the game to be successful.
Hassan who had earlier warned that his administration would not tolerate mercenaries imported into the teams, said no injuries was recorded and that FEPSGA is looking forward to host West Africa Public Service Games (WAPSGA) in Nigeria, come second quarter of 2017.