About ten thousand students are to participate in next year’s National University Games, NUGA, which will be hosted by the University of Lagos, UNILAG between March 16 and 26.
UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Professor Toyin Ogundipe, made this known when he led the institution’s NUGA games committee members to present the torch of unity to Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu at the Lagos House, Marina.
While highlighting activities for the games, Professor Ogundipe, said this edition which was original slated for 2019 and 2020 was shifted due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Noting that the NUGA game will be a city game, the VC solicited the support of the state government in areas of sporting facilities, security and access to tourism centres across the state for participants to feel the pulse of Lagos.
Responding, Governor Sanwo-olu who described sports as a unifier among youths and Nigerians, urged participants to focus more on things that would further unite the country.
The Governor who called on UNILAG students participating in the game to compete well and excel, assured that the state government would support the game in all ramifications to ensure a successful outing.
He said his administration would continue to use sports as a rallying point to project the tourism potentials of the state and also continue to provide an enabling environment for sports and youth development as well as utilize the tourism potentials of Lagos to build future leaders.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of the Torch of Unity to the Governor by one of the participating student of UNILAG.
UNILAG last hosted the NUGA games in 1998 and won the trophy then.