The Chevron Recreation Centre in Gbagada was filled to capacity. The stage was electrifying as the spectacular performances by dancers of Afrique Cultural troupe kept athletes and officials on the edges of their seats
It was indeed a meeting point between Nigeria’s rich culture and sports as the occasion was the opening ceremony of the 15th Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games which kicked off yesterday.
Declaring the Games open, Chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Louis Ogbeifun told the athletes to compete fairly and never take competition “as a do or die affair,” adding, “it is an honour to represent your organisation at the games and I wish you all to be good ambassadors of your various organisations.”
In his speech, Chairman and Managing Director of Chevron, Andrew Fanthrop siad his company’s continuous support for the games was an indication of the huge premium they placed on the event. Said he, “over the years, the industry games event has become a tool for our organisations to contribute to sports development and especially magnify the importance of sports and the key role it plays in unifying people of different cultures, genders and religions. We hope to keep to this ideal of unity for the future.”