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FEPSGA Official says 6000 athletes, officials are participating in public service games

Some of the participants are in the state to see that the peace being enjoyed in Plateau is real.

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Dahiru Hassan, the President, Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA), says 6000 athletes and officials in 130 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are participating in this year’s edition of the games holding in Jos.

Hassan told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Monday that this year’s games would witness the highest turnout ever.

“We have 130 MDAs comprising of 6000 athletes and officials participating in the games

“We are currently having the challenge of accommodation because almost all hotels in Jos and environs have been booked,” he stated.

The FEPSGA President, who is also the Chairman of West Africa Public Service Games, said that new MDAs had joined the games this year and this had increased the number of participating MDAs.

He said that the games, which would be the 35th edition, had been tagged ‘Plateau 2016 Peace Games’ to confirm the return of peace to Plateau that was bedevilled with crises recently.

According to him, some of the participants are in the state to see that the peace being enjoyed in Plateau is real.

Hassan also gave another reason for the large turnout as the proximity of the state to many states because of its near central location in the country.

He said that the state’s attraction to tourists and the clement whether might have contributed to the large participation.

The games president said that the participants defiled the recession in the country because of their spirit of sportsmanship.

He said that the games would help boost the state of health of civil servants and their mental alertness as well as foster unity and interaction among public servants from different states of the federation.

Hassan urged athletes and officials to conduct themselves according to the rules of the game and assured them of adequate security.

He commended the Plateau Government for the warm reception of athletes and officials to the state.

NAN reports that the 2016 FEPSGA started last Friday in Jos with official opening slated for Tuesday.

The athletes are participating in 14 events which are football, squash, table tennis, badminton, handball, chess, scrabble and draught.

Others are volleyball, tennis, ayo, swimming, athletics and basketball.

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