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The Inspector General of Police Sir Mike Okiro Tuesday (yesterday) July 22, 2008 in Abuja officially unveiled co-sponsors of his pet project, the MTN People Police Marathon.
The co-sponsors, according to – Dana Motors, IGI Insurance, Oceanic Bank Plc, Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST), Grace Point Hotel, Silverbird Television, Rhythm FM, Aso FM, and Hot FM Abuja were unveiled to a large number of audience that include senior police chiefs, journalists and a host of other stakeholders on the project. This list of sponsors would be joining the title sponsor, MTN Nigeria as partners on the project.
At the unveiling ceremony at Louis Edet House, the sponsors explained why their organisations are committed to the social course project.
IGI Insurance Plc pledged to insure the entire over 20,000 professional and non-professional runners participating in the Marathon , which is in its maiden edition. “We are insuring all participants. This is just to assure them that IGI is insuring them against any kind of unforeseen bodily injury during the race,” says the company’s deputy managing director, Mr Rotimi Fashola who was represented by Mrs. Zainab S. Abdullashe, branch manager IGi head office annex in Abuja.
There was the special unveiling of the star prize, a brand new Kia Rio car donated by Dana Motors. The vehicle, branded in the colours of MTN People Police Marathon, was ceremoniously unveiled to guests and the media by the Inspector General. This was after the key to the car was publicly presented by the General Manager of Dana Motors Mr. Lachman B. Relwani.
Explaining the participation of Dana Motors in the project, the Marketing Manager Dana Motors Limited, Mr Chetan Mehan, said that his organisation cannot stand aside when it comes to sponsorship of such a good course. In his words: “We have an outstanding good relationship with the Nigeria Police. This relationship has been on ever since we started business in Nigeria . More so, the initiative is great. I believe it is a good idea because it allows the Police to find a more civil way to bond with the people.
This kind of harmonious relationship between the Police and the citizens will ultimately result in good partnership to jointly fight crime, and for us at Dana, it is a laudable initiative that we have to support.”
Silverbird TV, Rhythm FM, Aso FM Abuja and Hot FM Abuja also partnered on the project to give maximum media coverage and mileage on the project, while the official hotel for the project is Grace Point Hotel, Abuja.
On its part, NIPOST disclosed that it has always supported any kind of activity from the Police that can make the organisation function maximally especially as it relates to crime reduction. NIPOST, which was represented at the ceremony by Mr. Joseph Ojo, the president of NIPOST Sports and Social Club, is the official courier for the project.
Thanking the sponsors, Sir. Okiro thanked all those that have supported the initiative in kind and cash. He described the MTN People Police Marathon as “a baby close to my heart.” He enjoined all Nigerians and foreign residents in the country to come out enmass and run in any of the categories.
The marathon, which starts at different points by 7 am on Saturday, July 26, will end at the Eagle Square . The VIP race starts at the Federal Secretariat entrance by Ahmadu Bello Way , while the mass race start up point is the Civil Defence Car Park on Michael Okpara Street , Wuze Zone 5. The Elite race will start at the Old Parade Ground.

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