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Rojenny Stadium ready to host Police Games in Anambra

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Rommy Ezeonwuka, Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Games Village, Oba, near Onitsha says the facility is now in top shape for the staging of the 2020 National Police Games (NPG) due to commence on Feb. 29 in Anambra.

Ezeonwuka, told the Nigeria News Agency, in Oba on Monday said the renovation works were at 98 per cent complete.

NAN reports that Rojenny Stadium is an Olympic (all-in-one) stadium with in-built facilities, including an Olympic size Swimming Pool capable of hosting about 18 events at the same time.

The top facility investor, said he was approved to host track and field events and football only, thus limiting sports activities during the game to the main bowl.

According to him, the police games is going to be successful because the governor is prepared.

As a proprietor, I am changing the face of Rojenny Stadium as you can see, all track and field events will take place here because this is the only place in the state and the facilities here are of internal standard.

We have one biggest swimming pool in the south East here in Rojenny, but unfortunately we are not going to hold the event here.

“A lot of games were moved away from here to other parts of the state, may be because it is an Anambra affair,“he said.

Ezeonwuka said that apart from the sports facility, the hospitality aspect was also top notch as accommodation and leisure facilities have been provided and upgraded.

A sports enthusiast, who pleaded anonymity thanked Anambra government for supporting the Police command in the state to bring the biennial games to the state in spite lack of public sector owned facilities.

The enthusiast said it would have been more convenient if the facilities at Rojenny were fully exploited before moving the remaining games to other locations.

“If all facilities here are going to be used, this will make the athletes to have the experience of a real games village, it will ease logistics challenges and create better bonding among them.

“Let us wait till the games starts for us to know where they are moving these games to because I know we don’t have stadium where those games can be staged,”the source said.

CP John Abang, Commissioner of Police in Anambra and Chairman, Local Organising Committee of National Police Games, said the athletes expected at the games would start arriving from Feb. 26 while the opening ceremony will hold at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka on Feb. 29.

No fewer than 3,000 athletes from all the police commands in Nigeria are expected to compete in about 20 events during the games.

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Anambra will be ready for memorable hosting of Police Games, Rojenny MD says

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Rommy Ezeonwuka, the proprietor of Rojenny Tourists and Games Village, has assured that Anambra will put up a memorable hosting of the 2020 Nigerian Police Games which begins on Saturday.

Ezeonwuka gave the assurance on Thursday at Oba, near Onitsha when he received Abdulazeez Obansa, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Operations, who was around to inspect the facility.

He said Rojenny Games Village was fully ready to complement the state government’s efforts and ensure that there were no lapses.

“Apart from putting in shape the eight-lane tartan tracks and other facilities for track and field events, which was the original plan, we are also working on other facilities for handball, volleyball, basketball, tennis and swimming.

“This is because we want them to be ready to serve as ready alternatives in the event of last-minute changes.

“This is to ensure that there are no lapses. We are always ready to support the government because they cannot do it alone,’’ Ezeonwuka said.

He said Anambra had the facilities to stage all the events to feature at the Games and there was no need to move any event to neighbouring states.

“The only exception can be for sports like polo, golf and shooting.’’

Ezeonwuka assured that the atmosphere in Anambra for the Games was already “electric’’ and the athletes were already arriving.

He disclosed that only about 300 accommodation spaces had been taken out of about 1,000 spaces he made arrangements for.

Speaking also, Obansa commended the Rojenny management for the level of preparations at the stadium.

He expressed confidence that with the robust complementary role of Rojenny, the Nigerian Police Games in Anambra would be a success.

“I am here to see what is in place at Rojenny in terms of facilities, accommodation, security and general environment and I must say I am impressed.

“Though there are some areas undergoing repairs, but I am sure this place will be ready before the Games commencement,’’ the DCP said.

Obansa however acknowledged that there was always room to improvise where there was need.

“We can always get around it here. But I believe everything be ready before time,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that security checks had begun at the entrance of the stadium because of the presence of Police athletes and officials at Rojenny.

Meanwhile, last-minute efforts were being made to complete the new swimming pool and the courts for basketball, volleyball, basketball and tennis events being constructed at the Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka.

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Govt. should enforce ban on religious activities in stadia…Rojenny Proprietor

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Rommy Ezeonwuka, Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Tourists Village, has called on government at all levels to ban religious and other non sporting activities in all spots sports stadia in the country.

Ezeonwuka made the call when he received members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra chapter, who were on tour of sports facilities in the state.

The tour of sports was part of the three day SWAN Week activities in the state.

The facility investor blamed the collapse of most Nigerian stadia on their use for non-sporting activities like religious crusades and political rallies.

He berated successive sports administrators in the country for misuse of the multi-billion Naira facilities for momentary gain.

Ezeonwuka said Rojenny was still relevant more than three decades because he refused to allow such distractions in his facility.

“One major factor that is killing our sports facility is the permission to use them for activities that are not sports related, it is sad that government allows crusade, political rallies, burials in our stadia.

“Look at the National Stadium in Surulere, National Stadium Abuja and other facilities that should be used for training our youths for world championships collapsing because our administrators rent them out for money.

“Even here in Anambra, Achebe Stadium, Fegge and Ikpeazu Stadium have collapsed because of these things, it should be stopped and government should outlaw it.

“Sports has a spirit and you must respect the spirit of sports, that is why I have refused to allow any body to use here for any other thing other than sports, that is the secret of Rojenny survival after 35 years.

“This is the only individually-owned Olympic size Stadium where you can hold most major games without leaving the stadium complex,” he said.

Ezeonwuka said Nigeria had all it takes to dominate sports at the world stage but regretted that administrators have reduced the country to mere training ground where other countries come to adopt talented athletes.

He said Nigeria must try to retain their best so that the country could enjoy the benefits of sporting economy like Europe, America and now, Asia.

On the coming Nigeria Police Games scheduled to hold at Rojenny next year, Ezeonwuka described Rojenny as the proverbial parish waiting for the priest to come and conduct the Holy Mass.

“Bahrain adopted about 10 Nigerians athletes, the young girls that recently won the world championship for them trained here, we must stop the West from poaching on us by placing value on what we have.

“Rojenny is like a parish waiting for the priest, the priest is the government who is supposed to create programmes so that athletes can make use of what we have here.

“It is not easy to run a stadium, even government is finding it difficult, so those of us in the private sector need encouragement.

“I want to thank the Nigerian Police for finding here worthy and we promise that the 2020 Games will be the best for them,” he said.

In his remark, Philip Balepo, a veteran journalist, said Rojenny deserved a golden place in the history of Nigerian sports because of what he had done for the Nigerian youth.

Balepo, who expressed satisfaction with the ambience of Rojenny environment, called on Nigerian sports administrators to visit the place and see how best it could be optimised for sports growth.

The SWAN team was led by it’s chairman Anthony Oji.

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Ezeonwuka wants more football actions in upgraded Rojenny football stadium

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Ezeonwuka wants more football actions in upgraded Rojenny stadium

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Oba (Anambra), Nov. 20, 2019 Rommy Ezeonwuka, the P0roprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Games Village, Oba in Anambra, says his facility remains one of the best but most under-utilised football stadium in the country.

Ezeonwuka made the assertion on Tuesday when he conducted newsmen round to see the ongoing upgrade work at the stadium in Oba, near Onitsha.

He called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and football administrators to visit the stadium and “’see the quality of the pitch and serenity of the environment at Rojenny”.

He said the facility was available for camping, training and for competitive football matches as well as athletics with eight lane tartan tracks around the pitch.

The proprietor said night matches could now be played at the stadium alongside other games.

“As you can see, the dimensions are FIFA standards with installed floodlight for night games.

“Rojenny is another home for Nigerian football, remember this is where the 1993 Kanu Nwankwo Golden Eaglets camped before they went to Japan to rule the world.

“You will agree that that team is the best U-17 Nigeria has produced.

“What we suffer here is effective use of this facility; Nigeria must look inwards and explore what we have.

“Camping here will not only build the individuals, it will instill team spirit because of the atmosphere,” he said.

He said Rojenny stadium was being prepared in readiness for the Nigeria Police Games which would be hosted in Anambra in 2020.

Ezeonwuka also called on the state government to direct some of its sporting activities to Rojenny and save the facility from lying idle.

“The secret of Rojenny is for government to package sporting competitions in this place so that it does not continue to lay idle,” he said.

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Anambra: Rojenny proprietor sends SOS to Gov. Obiano on state of sports

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Rommy Ezeonwuka, Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Games Village, Oba, Idemili North Local Government Area, has described the state of sports in Anambra as leaving much to be desired.

Ezeonwuka, the sports facility investor, who spoke to journalists in Awka on Tuesday, also called on Gov. Willie Obiano to investigate cases of revenue accruing to the state which was being paid into private accounts.

It will be recalled that members of Trinity Sports Club, Onitsha, who protested their ejection alleged that they paid stadium rent into a private account.

Ezeonwuka said there was no structure needed for systematic development of talented athletes and development of sports in the state.

“The sports system we have now is failing Anambra people because we are known for producing world class athletes, let them tell us the talents that have produced in the last one year.

“I must say that whoever is in charge of sports in Anambra at the moment lacks the basic knowledge of what sports development should be, he has not demonstrated that he knows what he has been called to do.

“On the recent allegation of people paying government money into private account, I advise the governor to look into the matter because to the people it is not acceptable under the government of our own meticulous Gov. Obiano.

“My advice to the masses is that they should wake up and find out the truth, anybody who takes money from you and put into a private account has only defrauded you because you have not paid to the government,” he said.

Rojenny hailed the success of the maiden Onitsha City Marathon which held on Oct. 5, but regretted the absence and the role of Anambra sports administrators at the event.

He condemned the spate at which athletes of Nigerian nationality abandon their states and country and move to other countries where they compete and conquer the world.

“It irks me to know that children who come to my stadium to train here are going to take up citizenship in Bahrain and winning world championships there, it shows total negligence on the part of our sports administrators.

“On the Onitsha City Marathon, it was unfortunate that we had such an event and nobody in government was on ground to cheer them, so, I call on our governor to take a second look at events in the sports sector strongly,” he said. (NAN)


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Police Games: Rojenny Stadium proprietor raises alarm over moves to sabotage hosting rights

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Rommy Ezeonwuka, Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Tourists Village, Oba near Onitsha, has lamented that some interest groups in the Anambra Sports Sector were working hard to frustrate the hosting of Nigeria Police Games (NPG) in the facility next year.

Ezeonwuka, one of the leading private sector sports facility investors, said this on Monday while briefing journalists at Oba, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra, on the readiness of the stadium ahead on the Games.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Rojenny Stadium is one of the facilities in the South-East with the capacity to host most sporting events, including football, basketball, volleyball, handball, swimming, track/fields and indoor games.

He said the Police team which ceded the hosting rights to Anambra had visited Rojenny severally and expressed satisfaction with facilities on ground.

Ezeonwuka, who thanked Gov. Willie Obiano, of Anambra for his support for Rojenny Stadium, said efforts were on to ensure that Police sportsmen and women had the best experience possible during the games.

He, however, called on Obiano to intervene and save the state from possible embarrassment to some subterranean moves by some elements to divert the hosting rights from Rojenny.

This, he added, was because the Police authorities already knew what they settled for,” he said.

“The Police family came here and discovered that Rojenny has all it takes to stage their Games here, that we have the facilities that cover most of the sports that they are going to stage.

“My worry is that now that the Federal Government through the police want to use here, some people in charge of sports here are working hard to sabotage it by moving some games that we have facilities for here to other places, including to hotels.

“I built this place at the age of 23 and I have an agreement with the government that they can use here for free anytime they wish and they have been using it.

“But the recent changes in the sports sector where people who don’t have interest in sports development are in charge is trying to change all that,” he said lamenting the moves.

“How can someone say we will not host football and track and field here when we have Olympic standard swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court handball court and indoor courts here?

“These people want to divert the Police away from here and divert them to different places instead of concentrating their games here.

“My advice is that these people should steer clear because I will place a curse on them.”

Ezeonwuka said Rojenny was a private sector contribution to sports development of over 35 years and should be encouraged and not embattled for selfish or personal interests.

He recalled how the Rojenny served as incubation ground for the Fanny Amu-led 1993 Golden Eaglets that had Kanu Nwankwo and expressed the hope that the Rojenny experience would produce police sports superstars.

“Rojenny is not just a stadium, it is a mini Olympic Stadium with rich heritage, we have hotel, natural environment, church, mosque, traditional worship places and social life provisions.

“I am not sure the governor is aware of what is going on, I am using this medium to draw his attention,” he said.

Tony Oli, Chairman of Anambra Sports Development Commission (ASDC) when contacted neither denied nor confirmed the insinuations; according to him, I don’t have your time, go and ask the man that sent you. (NAN)


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Force Headquarters top medals chart at 12th Police Games

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The teams of the Force Headquarters, Abuja are leading the pack with 102 gold, 70 silver and 67 bronze garnering a total of 239 medals at the 12th Nigeria Police Games.

The venues for the games were Rojenny Stadium Oba, Alex Ekwueme Square,Awka, Otuocha stadium, Aguleri, NYSC permanent camp Mbaukwu/Umuawulu and Golden Tulip Agulu.

Zone 2 Lagos won 63 gold, 80 silver and 55 bronze to emerge second best team so far followed by zone 11 Oshogbo which secured 42 gold, 32 silver and 45 bronze.

Zone 6 Calabar and Zone 7 Abuja occupied the fourth and fifth positions with 27 and 20 gold, 31 and 22 silver and 38 and 22 bronze respectively.

The host, zone 9 Umuahia were sixth with 20 gold, 14 silver and 25 bronze.

Zone 5 Benin City had 17 gold, 22 silver and 28 bronze making the seventh position on the table, while Zone 8 and zone 1 Kano won 11 and 10 gold, 14 and 13 silver and 17 bronze each to occupy the eighth and ninth positions.

Other teams on the medals table were zone 4 with four gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze, zone 3 with three gold, five silver and two bronze, and zone 12 with one gold, five silver and five bronze.

Zone 10 has no gold but secure seven silver and 10 bronze to be at the bottom.

Final events at the games and closing ceremony would hold Saturday at the Alex Ekwueme Square Awka.

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Police Games: Force Headquarters dominate track, field events

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The Force Headquarters (FHQ) Abuja is currently leading the pack as organisers released final results of concluded track and field events at the ongoing 2020 Nigeria Police Games in Anambra.

Events concluded late on Wednesday at the Rojenny Stadium Oba, venue of track and field events showed that FHQ clinched gold in five out of eight events.

According to the results, FHQ representatives in Women’s Long Jump, Okoronkwo Precious and Igbinosa Mercy, jumped as far as 5.74m and 5.23m respectively to clinch gold and silver, while Mercy Honesty of Zone 1 jumped 5.17m to take bronze.

FHQ also picked gold and bronze in 10km Walk Race for Men after Lawal Oluwaseyi and Alade Felix walked to the finish line in time of 50:55.77 and 53:27.65 respectively.

In the 400m Hurdles Men, Nathaniel Ezekiel and Akindunjoye Johnson of FHQ took gold and silver in time of 54.19 sec and 54.90 sec respectively, beating Mba Romanus of Zone 9 to bronze with time of 55.97 sec.

Team FHQ also dictated the pace in the Women 5000m as Mamman Helen and Ambo Dorcas crossed the finish line in time of 20:32.74 and 23:26.09 respectively to win gold and bronze.

Mary Joseph of Zone 3 picked the Women 5000m silver with a time of 22:58.51.

The dominance of FHQ for the day was completed when Abasiono Akpan ran the race of her life in the women’s 400m hurdles to beat Comfort Ekanem, from Zone 2 who is the current record holder of World Police Games.

Akpan finished her race in time of 58.27 seconds to clinch gold while Ekanem took the silver.

Oluchi Ofoma also won gold for FHQ in the 800m after running her race in time of 2:15.33

FHQ also showed class in other events like table tennis and martial arts after winning gold medals.

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We’ll set new records at 2020 Police Games – AIG Muazu

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The Chairman, Nigerian Police Athletics Association, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zubairu Muazu, has stated that athletes participating at the ongoing sports fiesta in Anambra would set new records.

Muazu, who is also a member, Sports Planning Committee, 2020 Nigeria Police Games, said this on Wednesday at the Rojenny International stadium Oba, Anambra, venue of track and field events of the ongoing Police Games.

He noted that the athletes had no option than to break their own records after placing the Nigeria Police Force as record holders in some of the events at the 2019 World Police Games in China.

“We are looking forward to setting new standards especially in athletics because we have many of them that competed favourably in August 2019 when we went for the World Police Games and they came home with about 26 medals.

“We have some world records we are looking at and we hope to break them at this police games to prepare us for the next edition of the World Police Games,” he said.

Muazu admitted that there were some challenges encountered in the buildup to the Games but that the state government intervened eventually.

“I will say that so far so good after taking off in a colourful ceremony on Saturday, as at Wednesday, some of the events have been concluded and we are coasting to the finish line.

“Of course, there have been challenges right from the beginning and it is obvious you can’t organise competition of this magnitude without encountering some challenges.

“One of them is that Anambra State has lots of sporting facilities but many of them are lying waste.

“We were disappointed the first time we came to Rojenny stadium, but government intervened and upgraded the facilities.

“Government equally upgraded the facilities in other sporting centres; there are new volleyball, handball and basketball courts built for this tournament.

“The state government deserves to be commended for hosting this tournament; and moving athletes from 12 zones and Force Headquarters posed lots of logistic challenges,” he said.

The AIG further said that efforts were being intensified to prepare the athletes for the 2020 Olympics scheduled to hold in Tokyo, Japan.

He said: “We have police officers going to represent Nigeria at the Olympics and they are already preparing alongside other non-police officers. Many of them will be at this month’s National Sports Festival in Edo State,” Muazu said.

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Sports Minister hopeful Police Games will throw up more athletes for Nigeria

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The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Wednesday said he was full of hopes that the 12thNigerian Police Games would throw up new talents for the country.

Dare, while receiving Alkali Mohammed, the Chairman, Police Games Planning Committee and Force Secretary who visited him in Abuja, noted that the Police Games had produced great talents for Nigeria.

“The Games have produced talents such as Sunny Isekwena, Julius Aghahowa, Chioma Ajunwa, Samuel Peters, among others.

“We are now hopeful that this event will throw up new talents that can represent the country at the Olympics and make us proud.’’

The minister expressed happiness that the Games was holding before the National Sports Festival (NSF) in Benin and would afford the ministry the opportunity of getting more athletes and facilities developed.

“So, scouts will be sent there to fish out talents. The games will also be an opportunity to develop sports facilities,’’ he said.

Mohammed, while speaking earlier, said a record number of 3,000 police men and women would take part in the Games slated for Awka in Anambra from Saturday to March 7.

The Games Planning Committee Chairman, who is an Assistant Inspector-General (AIG), said everything was set for a hitch-free competition.

“Athletes and teams from twelve zones of the Nigerian Police Force will be competing in the 10-day competition.

“It will have events like track and field, football, squash, table tennis, boxing, wrestling, shooting, lawn tennis, basketball, among others.

“And that is why we are here to assure the Minister that everything is set for the Nigerian Police Games in Anambra,’’ he said.

Mohammed disclosed that the Games organisers had so far enjoyed the tremendous support of the Anambra governor, Willy Obiano, and all was set for a great event.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Games’ opening ceremony will hold at the Dr Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka on Saturday.

The closing ceremony will hold on March 7 at the renovated Rojenny Sports Complex in Oba, near Onitsha.

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