VC, Omole, Downplays Boko Haram Threat to NUGA Games.

The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Professor Bamitale Omole, has assured participants and spectators of a hitch free Nigerian University Games (NUGA).

Nigerian Athletes at a Regional Championships.
Nigerian Athletes at a Regional Championships.

The 24 edition of NUGA games is billed for OAU Ile-Ife campus and the VC, who was speaking at the unveiling of the games logo in Lagos on Wednesday, said security has been beefed up and that the planning committee and university authority have procured sophisticated equipment and security gadgets to avert terrorists activities.

He urged participants and spectators to ignore rumours over plans by the highly dreaded terrorist groups operating under the platform of Bolo Haram to launch attacks on students at the venue of the game.

“The commitment of OAU to the development of sports in the nation over the years is unequalled,” Omole said.

“As part of her contributions to the development of sports in the country, OAU successfully hosted the third NUGA Games in 1970 and the 10th NUGA Games in 1984.

“Let me express our profound gratitude to the Federal Government for releasing funds for the construction of the Olympic-sized swimming pool. We also appreciate the contribution of the various individuals and corporate bodies in assisting us in construction of the tartan tracks and renovation and upgrading of the existing facilities.”

Omole said the national organising committee will decide on the next line of action if the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike has not been called off by October 2 when the game is expected to commence.

Former Flying Eagles skipper Mutiu Adepoju has been named the Games Ambassador of the 2014 NUGA games.

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