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NPA Staff Rule at 4th Ships & Ports Table Tennis Tournament

The 2016 edition of
the Ships & Ports Table Tennis Tournament held in Lagos with fanfare as 32
players vied for honours at the four-year old competition, which was created to
promote camaraderie, friendship and social interaction among maritime industry
operators.

Ships
& Ports CEO, Mr Bolaji Akinola, who said he was impressed with the level of
turnout for the competition, assured that the leading maritime communication
firm would continue to promote healthy living for sustainable development of
the maritime industry.
He
said, “Table tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by individuals of any age
and physical ability. Top table tennis players are some of the greatest
athletes in the world.
“Playing
table tennis is a great way to stimulate the brain and promote quick thinking
while improving hand-eye coordination.
“Table
tennis is a low-injury risk sport that keeps one fit and flexible, without
putting too much stress on joints. Playing table tennis increases one’s agility
and flexibility, and most of all, reaction time.”
Akinola
said his company was keen on promoting table tennis in the maritime industry
because of its numerous health benefits including the stimulation of mental
alertness, concentration and tactical strategy.
“This makes it the
perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes, and for older people to
refine tactics,” he said.
At
the end of the one-day tournament which was held at the Apapa Club, Lagos;
three-time champion, Kehinde Borokini, came tops, retaining the Prince
Olayiwola Shittu Trophy for the fourth year in a row.
Borokini
defeated fellow Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) staff, Agor Brendan by three
straight sets 11-7; 11-7 and 11-8.
A
highly elated Borokini said she was happy to feature and win the competition
again this year.
“I
am very happy to be here again today. It is always a delight to participate in
this competition every year and I thank the organisers for always doing a great
job,” she said.
The
tournament’s number one seeded player won all her matches defeating Yusuf
Saheed 3-1 in the quarterfinal and Philip Asuquo 3-2 in a keenly contested
semi-final match.
Agor
Brendan emerged the first runner-up, while Asuquo was second runner-up.
The trophy was
presented to Borokini by the Chairman, Association Electoral Commission (ASECO)
of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Alhaji Mukaila
Babatunde who represented the ANLCA President and sponsor of the competition,
Prince Olayiwola Shittu; and Head, Corporate Communications of Sifax Group, Mr
Muyiwa Akande, who represented the Executive Director, Human Resources and
Administration of the Group, Dr. Phil Ofulue.

Staff
of various private companies and government organisations including Nigerian
Ports Authority, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, PIL Shipping Company, ENL
Consortium, Hull Blyth, LTT Coastal and Marine Services, Mickey Excellency
Clearing and Forwarding Company, Port & Cargo Handling Services, Crown
Maritime Academy, SIfax Group, Maersk Line and Maritime Microfiance Bank and
Five Star Logistics registered for the competition.

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