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  Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila lit the torch of the Nigerian University Games NUGA 2022 at the University of Lagos Sports Center UNILAG Akoka on Saturday amid fanfare The Nigerian News Agency reports that the start of the 26th NUGA was marked by the opening ceremony at the hosts Sports Village The opening ceremony also saw the march past the universities while students from the UNILAG Staff School also performed a calisthenics and dance session Other dignitaries apart from Gbajabiamila included the Minister for Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare while Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu of Lagos State was represented Also present on the occasion were GTco Director General Segun Agbaje UNILAG Pro Chancellor Dr Olanrewaju Tejuoso Prof Stephen Hamafyelto and UNILAG Vice Chancellor Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe In his welcome speech Gbajabiamila described sport as a true tool for unification between different ethnic backgrounds and religions We have men and women here who are ready to show their talents like I did in years past when I was a student at UNILAG Nearly 78 universities and more than 10 000 athletes and officials are gathered here because sport is a universal language understood along lines In the next few days we will see the evolution of the talents and I have no doubts about the university that will come out on top my only concern is the university that will be in second place Sure we know that Lagos don t dey carry last Also I have seen sport as a means of development and unity bringing everyone together he said The Vice Chancellor Ogundipe pointed out that as hosts the Local Organizing Committee LOC had done everything necessary to guarantee the success of the games Today we stand at the threshold of history to start the 26th NUGA and the fourth of its kind organized by UNILAG We are here today because UNILAG believes in NUGA s mission to provide fertile ground for the emergence of well rounded graduates who are equipped for strong service to the nation the continent and the world at large That is why we spared no effort in preparing for this day by working diligently and 24 hours a day through our LOC we did everything possible to mobilize human official and material resources to guarantee a remarkable event he said Ogundipe added Our sports facilities have been upgraded to a world class standard so that our young athletes have a platform to showcase their talents without hindrance Arrangements have been made to ensure that all participants in the games feel comfortable and that their experiences are positively unforgettable he said NUGA President Prof Hamafyelto remarked that NUGA 2022 would be the biggest university sports competition in recent times I have no doubt that the experience we will gather here will long remain in our memories as you will agree with me that Lagos being the sixth largest city in the world in terms of population is known for its youthful vibrancy in the sport business Lagos for many of the participants is a destination for tourism business and education he said The Provost Dr Tejuoso invited the participants to take advantage of the sports festival to develop mentally Likewise Minister Sunday Dare in his message of goodwill encouraged young people to enjoy the various games of the university competition The events for NUGA 2022 are football athletics badminton hockey cricket chess judo swimming karate squash handball taekwondo tennis table tennis volleyball basketball and boxing
Gbajabiamila lights 26th NUGA torch amidst fanfare

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila lit the torch of the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) 2022 at the University of Lagos Sports Center (UNILAG), Akoka on Saturday amid fanfare.

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Sports Village

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the start of the 26th NUGA was marked by the opening ceremony at the hosts’ Sports Village.

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Staff School

The opening ceremony also saw the march past the universities, while students from the UNILAG Staff School also performed a calisthenics and dance session.

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Minister for Youth and Sports Development

Other dignitaries apart from Gbajabiamila included the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, while Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State was represented.

GTco Director General Segun Agbaje

Also present on the occasion were GTco Director General Segun Agbaje, UNILAG Pro-Chancellor Dr. Olanrewaju Tejuoso, Prof. Stephen Hamafyelto and UNILAG Vice Chancellor Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe.

In his welcome speech, Gbajabiamila described sport as a true tool for unification between different ethnic backgrounds and religions.

“We have men and women here who are ready to show their talents like I did in years past, when I was a student at UNILAG.

“Nearly 78 universities and more than 10,000 athletes and officials are gathered here because sport is a universal language understood along lines.

“In the next few days, we will see the evolution of the talents and I have no doubts about the university that will come out on top, my only concern is the university that will be in second place.

“Sure, we know that ‘Lagos don’t dey carry last’. Also, I have seen sport as a means of development and unity, bringing everyone together,” he said.

Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor, Ogundipe, pointed out that, as hosts, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) had done everything necessary to guarantee the success of the games.

“Today, we stand at the threshold of history to start the 26th NUGA and the fourth of its kind organized by UNILAG.

“We are here today because UNILAG believes in NUGA’s mission to provide fertile ground for the emergence of well-rounded graduates, who are equipped for strong service to the nation, the continent and the world at large.

“That is why we spared no effort in preparing for this day by working diligently and 24 hours a day through our LOC, we did everything possible to mobilize human, official and material resources to guarantee a remarkable event,” he said.

Ogundipe added: “Our sports facilities have been upgraded to a world-class standard so that our young athletes have a platform to showcase their talents without hindrance.

“Arrangements have been made to ensure that all participants in the games feel comfortable and that their experiences are positively unforgettable,” he said.

NUGA President Prof

NUGA President Prof. Hamafyelto remarked that NUGA 2022 would be the biggest university sports competition in recent times.

“I have no doubt that the experience we will gather here will long remain in our memories, as you will agree with me that Lagos, being the sixth largest city in the world in terms of population, is known for its youthful vibrancy in the sport business.

“Lagos, for many of the participants, is a destination for tourism, business and education,” he said.

The Provost, Dr. Tejuoso, invited the participants to take advantage of the sports festival to develop mentally.

Minister Sunday Dare

Likewise, Minister Sunday Dare, in his message of goodwill, encouraged young people to enjoy the various games of the university competition.

The events for NUGA 2022 are football, athletics, badminton, hockey, cricket, chess, judo, swimming, karate, squash, handball, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, basketball and boxing.

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