ECOWAS: Nigeria to host inaugural W/Africa Public Service Games

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has been selected to host the first edition of the West African Public Service Games (WAPSGA) scheduled tentatively for 28 May, 2016.

However, the host city is yet to be decided.

According to the ECOWAS Commission, the decision is part of the resolutions reached at the end of a recent two-day regional consultation meeting at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Events to be competed for at the Games are limited to those stated in the Rules and Regulation of the West African Public Service Games. However, host member states can add to the list when necessary provided a capacity to fund the events is demonstrated.

Participants at the meeting also decided that a National Federation of West African Public Service Games (WAPSGA) shall now be established in each ECOWAS member state.

In this regard, each member state which make up the regional group is expected to commence immediately the process of putting in place the necessary structures for the National Federations.

WAPSGA is seen as a functional platform for Public Services of the region to interface for the purpose of regional integration and cooperation.

The operational structure, as envisaged, entails each member state to designate a Focal Point or a competent officer to regularly communicate to the ECOWAS Commission on all matters arising.

The meeting also worked out a resource mobilization strategy that places certain responsibilities on the national federations, while ECOWAS may provide necessary support to strengthen the operations of the WAPSGA as deemed necessary.

A road-map for organising the first edition of the West African Public Service Games was adopted, as the meeting also agreed to acquaint member states with the General Rules and Regulations and to develop their capacities.

Participants at the two-day workshop were drawn from eight ECOWAS member states: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo, and some partner agencies that include UNESCO, ECOWAS Commission, ECOWAS Parliament, ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre, as well as the Federation of Public Service Games of Nigeria.
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12 أغسطس 2015 11:14:56

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