SIMON EBEGBULEM, BENIN CITY
THE Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Professor Osayuki Oshodin, has declared open the 11th edition of the Nigerian Universities Staff Sports Association (NUSSA) games open, saying that the sports event will cement the existing relationship among universities in the country.
The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics, Prof (Mrs) Obehin Okojie, stressed the need for government at all levels to supports sports in tertiary institutions, so that the country will be able to groom young sports men and women that will represent Nigeria in international competitions.
According to him, “It is a cocktail of emotion for me and the University as we host this games, it is out of our desire for the promotion of sports in Nigerian Universities and Nigeria in general which is a symbol of unity that made us agree to host this games because we want sports to grow in Nigeria our fatherland.
“The peculiarity of this games is that the athletes are adults, some of them are also parents so efforts should be more on the friendship, sharing of ideas so that we can build relationship that will last for long, which will be of huge benefit to our country” he stated.
27 Universities will be participating in the games which kicked off yesterday and will end on the 9th of August, 2014.