By Ayodele Oni
The 21st Nigeria Polytechnic Games, (NIPOGA) has ended with the Federal Polytechnic,Ado -Ekiti dusting others to emerge over all winners.
The federal government owned polytechnic clinched 23 Gold,14 Silver and Nine Bronze medals.
Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu came second with 13 Gold, 22 Silver and 17 Bronze medals, while The Polytechnic, Ibadan settled for third position with 10 Gold, One Silver and 11 Bronze medals.
Meanwhile Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, the host institution, female football team defeated Yaba College Technology, Yaba 3-2 in the final to emerge champions of 21st NIPOGA female football competition.
Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa also beat Federal Polytechnic Ede 3-1 through penalty shoot out to win male football event, after both sides played a goaless draw in the regulation time.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in a chat with newsmen commended the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for a job well done.
He congratulated the School Management for the successful hosting of the games, saying it has done a wonderful job.
Akeredolu represented by the Commissioner for youth and sports development, Mr Bamidele Ologun while declaring the 21st NIPOGA close charged the next host to embark on early preparation.
“The next host should not wait till few days to the games before they started their preparation, they should avoid fire brigade approach.”
The President of NIPOGA Council and the Rector of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, (RUGIPO), Mr Gani Ogundahunsi, attributed the successful hosting of the 21st NIPOGA to God Almighty, thanking the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his support.
Ogundahunsi added that resilience, hard working and proper preparation kept the LOC going from the beginning to the end of the games.
According to him, “the Ultimate was to organize a befitting competition that brings honour to the name of our institution and the state at large, we remain focus by not allowing anything to distract us.
“I expect the next host, Delta State Polytechnic, Oghwuashi- Uku to do better that we did , because they would have learnt a lot from us.”
The Rector of the Delta State Polytechnic, Oghwuashi- Uku, Prof Emmanuel Achuenu, the next to host the 22nd edition of the games, said the target was to do better than what RUGIPO has done.
He said: No doubt that RUGIPO has done a very good job, “but we are going to ensure that we surpass them by organizing a better games in 2025.”
He charged all the institutions and their athletes to start preparation for the next edition of the games since the date is known already.