Elizade University Hosts Maiden Championship Of Nigeria Private University Games (NPUGA)

As Vice Chancellor Ijadunola Expresses Hope In Nigerian Youths



Elizade University, Ilara Mokin recently played host to the first ever Sports Championship among Private Universities in Nigeria (NPUGA).

Williams Olufunmi, head, Public Relations of Elizade University in a press release quoted the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Kayode Ijadunola as expressing great hope in the future of Nigerian Youths against the backdrop of excellent performance, outstanding team spirit, superb fellowship and camaraderie among the competing athletes at NPUGA Championship 2024.

The release added that Professor Ijadunola was delighted that in spite of their different backgrounds and capacities, they all accepted each other and the outcomes of the championship with enthusiasm while they cheered winning teams with single mindedness.

The VC lauded the high level of charisma, conduct, character, maturity and discipline which they exhibited as individuals and as teams.

He noted with satisfaction the Spirit of Sportsmanship which they displayed; the respect they accorded to officials and responsible behaviour which of course stood them out as good ambassadors of their Institutions.

On his part, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Dr Wole Adamolekun, said NPUGA Championship provides avenue for students to network, develop and showcase their innate talents like other platforms such as Nigeria University Games Association, (NUGA) and the West African University Games (WAUG).

He said NPUGA like other Sporting fiesta remains an integral part of the educational process which is vital, critical and very important to fostering peace, unity, entrepreneurship, and antidote against anti-social behaviour among youths.

The President of Nigeria Private University Games, (NPUGA) Mr Tunde Akinola, said participation in competitive sports contributes immensely to the health and well-being, physical skills, emotional maturity, social competence and moral values of students while also developing and nurturing in them cooperation and competition.

He further explained that NPUGA affords the students opportunity for the development of democratic process and fair-play in a team, that enables them to learn how to relate with mates in achieving team goals.

Elizade University Coach, Mr Olaniyi Bewaji thanked Board of Trustees, the Council and the Management of Elizade University for their commitment to producing wholesome Graduates that are well rounded, fit for global reckoning, which it has demonstrated by hosting the NPUGA championship making it the first private University to do so in Nigeria.
Nine Universities participated in the Championship which featured Basketball,Tennis, Badminton, Chess and Table Tennis.

The Universities that competed for medals are Elizade University, Achievers University, Mcpherson University, Lead University and Benson Idahosa University.

Others are Adeleke University, Fountain University, Afe Babalola University and Babcock University.

Benson Idahosa University was on top of the medals table with Twenty (20) medals and Elizade University raked in Fifteen (15) medals.

The forth coming Main NPUGA Games is billed for Achievers University, Owo in December 2024.

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