NUGA 2022: Reflections on the experience of the just concluded NUGA hosted by the University of Lagos.
Athletes react as NUGA comes to an end
The 10days NUGA 2022 event featured over 10,000 athletes from 72 schools and captured the excitement of everyone who participated.
The 26th edition of the Nigerian University games, NUGA, officially ended at the University of Lagos, Akoka, on Saturday evening.
The 10-day event started on March 16 and ended on the 26th of March with the University of Port Harcourt retaining her position as champion over 70 other universities. The University of Port Harcourt received over 90 medals in 16 different sporting events.
The closing ceremony of the event started at 5 P.M. with the presence of dignitaries from the academic and business world.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, led dignitaries from such as the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Attahiru Jega; Chairman of NUGA, Stephen Hamafyelto, and others, to the closing ceremony.
At the ceremony, participating schools matched in front of the audience with an aura of excitement and fulfilment.
The host, the University of Lagos, thrilled everyone with their different dance steps. Mr Ogundipe joined the dancers as they danced to the popular “Zazu Zeh” song.
While addressing the audience, Mr Ogundipe appreciated all the sponsors of the events for their support. He said the university has set a standard that any of the next hosts of NUGA will work hard to attain.
Mr Ogundipe also called out the Abubakar Balewa University student who proposed to his long-time girlfriend on Tuesday as he blessed their union.
He ended his speech by putting off the NUGA torch and appreciated the NUGA President, Mr Hamafyelto, for his belief in the institution as he handed over the Games’ flag to him.
The closing event began with trophies presented to the top three institutions on the Medals Table.
The University of Port Harcourt won 120 medals, the University of Lagos, 86 medals, and debutants Nile University won 38 medals. These three universities were awarded trophies while Port Harcourt was declared the overall winner of the event.
Other categories of awards were given to individuals and outstanding schools.
The next NUGA is to kick off in 2024 with the University of Jos (UNIJOS) hosting