Friday, 4 April 2014

WAPOGA holds August 16 unstoppable

Rector Acho flanked by Abdulraheem Olufemi, WAPOGA Secretary-General and Pr. Ouedraogo Georges Anicet , President, Universite Polytechnique

The  Executive  Council of  West Africa  Polytechnic Games  Association (WAPOGA)  says  the stage is set for  the 3 rd edition of  the event  after a streak of postponements.
The games, scheduled for August 6 to 16 in Accra, is expected to attract  50 polytechnics from eight countries in the sub-region which will compete in 13 sporting disciplines.
In a media briefing at the Accra Polytechnic yesterday,  Sylvester Acho, Rector of the institution, said that the games seek primarily to achieve international integration  among participating countries.
He said, 'This summit has the cardinal objective of creating a window of opportunity for the youth in the West African sub-region, particularly those in the polytechnic system, to come together at regular intervals for healthy sporting rivalry, leading to significant appreciation of the cultural diversity of the people of the sub-region.'
He indicated that the greatest challenge confronting WAPOGA had been in the area of funding and had therefore made a passionate appeal to government, requesting for an amount of $550,000 to take care of the overall $1.2m budget for the event.
The rector congratulated President John Mahama, grand patron of the 3 rd WAPOGA, on his appointment as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State.
It was Nigeria who hosted the first edition in 2007, while Cote d'Ivoire (Yamoussoukro) hosted the second edition in  September  2008.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum



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