The School of Business Studies has emerged as the overall winners clinching 8 Gold medals in the just concluded Federal Polytechnic Oko, Rector’s Unity Cup competition which held at the campus ground, Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Also, School of Engineering which came out as over all Runner-up(second position) in all Sports/Athletics students competitions won the prestigious male football Rector’s Unity Cup defeating the School of Business Studies by 3 goals to 1 in the final football match.
Speaking during the closing ceremony before decorating the winners and trophy presentation, the First female Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Engr Dr. Mrs Francisca Nwafulugo expressed satisfaction with the performance of the students who participated in the competition which was part of the activities marking the end of her tenureship as the polytechnic rector.
She said, “I am so excited about this big event. Football unites every nation together. I see the joy on everybody’s face. It shows oneness, unity and togetherness.
“This rector’s cup marks the starting of my valedictory events. It is good for us to start with sporting activities which brings us together as one. We came out in numbers to appreciate our amiable students who made us proud. I thank you all.
“Bravo! School of Engineering, you made me proud by winning the football cup. I am so excited because I am an Engineer and we are strong. We know it all and posses the stamina for everything we do.”
Acting Registrar of the polytechnic, Mr. Obini Onuchukwu eulogized the rector for providing resources including various cash rewards for all categories of winners for the sporting event which he described as a means of bonding, togetherness and oneness.
“Sports can take you to any part of the world. Sports and football are well established means of coming together as one family. We urge you our sons and daughters to relate this exercise and these successes in other areas of your endeavors,” said Onuchukwu.
Polytechnic Head Coach, Mr Uche Okafor, listed numerous benefits of sporting activities to human beings, especially youths or students to include health, mental, social and economic.
“Engr Dr. Mrs Nwafulugo is the most sports loving rector I have witnessed in this Federal Polytechnic,Oko. A skillful sportsman does not have time to indulge in crime or certain social vices. Since the training sessions and actual commencement of this tournament no student had time to engage in crime,” Okafor said.
The Overall results include:1st Position – School of Business Studies, 8 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze medals. The 2nd Position – School of Engineering, 4 Gold, 4 Silver, 4 Bronze medals. The 3rd Position – School of Information 2 Gold, 5 Silver, Nil bronze medals.
In Table tennis, Female Single: 1st position – School of Applied Science, 2md position – School of Engineering, 3rd position – School of Financial Studies. Male Single: 1st position – School of Engineering, 2nd position – School of Information, 3rd position – School of Applied Sciences.
Other dignitaries that graced the grand finale/closing ceremony include the Deputy Rector, Mr Uche Onyegbu, Chief Librarian, Dr. Nwabu Ezemba, Director Academic Planning, Dr. Ferguson Ezeokafor, Director of Sports, Mr. Kehinde Ogubunmi, the PRO, Mr Chijioke Ibeziako among other Directors of Schools and Heads of Departments.