University of Lagos vice-chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has declared that the institution plans to host the best ever competition of Nigerian University Games (NUGA) next year.
Ogundipe said UNILAG is happy to host the 26th edition of NUGA in the coming year, after beating University of Jos to the hosting right, and says they are already on course with preparations.
He, however, called for support from the corporate sector, government and individuals, as the institution will need N2bn to host the Games that is expected to feature 103 universities.
Ogundipe said the institution had fixed a tentative date of November 27 to December 8, 2019 for the Games.
The VC added: “UNILAG has started preparations to host the 2019 NUGA Games. We have some targets to achieve with the Games.
“We are not just hosting but hosting to win and hosting to expose our own athletes to international recognition.
“We know that each time UNILAG hosted NUGA, it has always been the best and this would not be an exception.
“This will be the fourth time we are hosting – the last time we hosted was in 1998.
“We have started making preparations because we know that whoever wants something done must take the first step.
“We have completed the swimming pool and it is an international standard pool with timing facilities.
“The Games will require about N2bn to host but we cannot provide all the funds needed ourselves.
“That is why we would like the public to know what is going on and come on board as we plan to host the Games.
“It is not about UNILAG or NUGA alone, the event is about Nigeria as a whole – since talents discovered there could go on to bring glory to the country.”