By Emmanuel Elebeke
NIPOST Lagos Island Territory has emerged the overall winner with a total of 7 gold, 6 silver, and 1 bronze medals at the 7th NIPOST Sports Festival (Zuru 2015), held at the Federal Science and Technology College, Ruru, Kebbi State recently.
The FCT came second with 5 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze while Rivers took 3rd positions with 5 gold and 1 bronze.
The keenly contested games, which took place in the Zuru Emirate, that doubled as the Local Government Headquarters, saw NIPOST staff drawn from various part of the country compete among themselves.
Speaking at the event, the immediate past Postmaster General of the Federation stated that NIPOST had been at vanguard of promoting sports in Nigeria, such as the FIFA World Youth Championship(Nigeria ’99), the 2002 African Nations Cup hosted by Nigeria, the All African Games (COJA- 2003), the 2002, 2006, and 2010 FIFA World Cups, and Olympic Games, during which commemorative stamps were issued.
He noted that NIPOST had produced sportmen, most especially in the Boxing category such as Bob Keffi Alagoro, who retired undefeated West African Super- Middle Weight Boxing Champion; Sunny King Afuwa, Light Heavy Weight Wrestler and Salami Alapini, a die-hard pugilist.
Mori Baba stated that NIPOST had rehabilitated more than 80 per cent Post Offices with relevant collaborators to achieve the one-stop- shop status.
On the international scene, the PMG informed that NIPOST has become the vehicle to the African Postal Industry within the Ecowas sub-region with its role in thev establishment of the West African Postal Conference (WAPCO) headquartered in Abuja, a feat that that earned accolades from African Union and the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
Earlier in his welcome address, the President, NIPOST Sports and Social Club, Barrister Bernard Ekawon, said that ‘Zuru 2015’ was unique as it was earmarked to honour the Postmaster General, who had distinguished himself in the course of nine years he had been in the saddle of NIPOST.