The 2023 edition of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Games kicked off in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State on Sunday with over 1500 athletes featuring in 11 sporting events.
Judiciary Sports men and women across the country gathered together at the Osogbo City Stadium on Saturday for the Opening ceremony of the biggest sporting events in the Nigerian Judiciary system.
Declaring the Competition open, The Executive Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Senator Ademola Adeleke, described sports as a unifying factor. The Charismatic Governor, who was ably represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Jimi Bada welcomed the participants to the State of the Living Springs and enjoined them to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the good people of the State.
The President of the National Sports Association for Judiciary, Mr Emeka Ndili in his opening remarks said the game will strengthen judiciary relationship across borders also enabling Judiciary staff to be mentally and physically fit for the jobs ahead.
He also commended the efforts of the Osun State Government for giving them the opportunity and supports to host the tournament in the state.
“Osun State is very peaceful and hospitable. We are happy to be here and we must thank the Executive Governor, His Excellency Senator Ademola Adeleke for supporting us in achieving all these. My lord, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola GCON, who is from the South-West, really wanted the region to host this year’s event and am glad we are coping back to the South West, for the first time in twenty four years.
“Sixteen States and 12 Federal Court and Judicial Bodies from Abuja are all on ground to participate for this year’s edition.” He said.
The National Sports Association for Judiciary (NASAJ) came to existence in 1994, while the first edition of the Chief Justice of Nigeria Sports Competition, took place in 1995.
The highlight of the opening ceremony, was the Match Past event, which was won by the Court Of Appeal, Abuja.