University spends N500 million on facilities to host NUGA games

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[Benue]–Emmanuel Kucha, the Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi has revealed that the institution spent nothing less than N500 million in upgrading facilities for the hosting of 25th Nigeria University Games (NUGA).

Kucha in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), claimed that apart from upgrading existing facilities, new ones were constructed, all aimed at ensuring the success of the Games.

He said the facilities would be useful even after the Games as they would be handy for students to train.

He further expressed optimism that the university would not only host the games, but also top the medals table.

“We are ready for the Games; the athletes have trained well and we are sure of medals.

“We are going to win, not just medals, but gold in at least seven events; we will win in Taekwondo, Judo, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Handball and Table Tennis,” he confidently predicted.

He said the university was collaborating with the police, the local vigilance groups and the university’s security, to ensure protection of lives both during and after the fiesta.

In an interview with a Taekwondo coach for the Kano state Bayero University, Ibrahim Yahuza, commended the host University for providing “good accommodation” for the athletes.

“The accommodation is 80 percent good. It is okay for both the athletes and officials,” he commended.

A cross section of athletes also said they were satisfied with the accommodation

It should be recalled that NAN had earlier reported that the nine-day sports fiesta, which kicks-off April 22, will feature 53 universities.

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