The Federal Government has commended the management of the University of Ilorin for providing an enabling environment for the successful hosting of the 2nd National Youth Games.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, made the commendation last Thursday (September 29, 2016) at the Closing Ceremony of the Games, which began on that day.
Mr. Ohaa said that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had already set in motion collaborative arrangements with the University for the forthcoming Third Edition of the National Youth Games that would also be staged at the University of Ilorin.
The Permanent Secretary said, “We convey our deep appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, for his kind gesture for hosting this National Youth Games and ensuring the outstanding success of the Games”.
He said that the “peaceful campus of the University and facilities provided, including accommodation, contributed immensely to the beautiful outing of the competition”.
Pointing out that ”the Youth Games has shown the level of unity and cohesion we are having in Nigeria”, Mr. Ohaa said, “At this Game, many talents have been identified, which we hope to nurture and groom to stardom, so that the issue of parading over-aged athletes that will not give us the desired result will be a thing of the past.”
According to the Permanent Secretary, the Youth Games “will rekindle the exploits of great future sports men and women such as Austin Okocha, Kanu Nwankwo, Mary Onyali, Blessing Okagbare, Austin Atasie, Yusuf Alli, Falilat Ogunkoya, just to mention a few.”
Mr. Ohaa disclosed that 250 athletes have been identified with great potentials “to do this great nation proud at local competitions such as School Sports, Federation Tournaments and international competitions such as the Commonwealth Youth Games, Youth Olympic Games and Africa National Youth Championship”.
Also in his address at the Closing Ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Ambali, congratulated the athletes and officials for the successful completion of the games.
Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji, the Vice-Chancellor expressed the commitment of the University to continue to develop its sporting facilities.
In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin Sport Crew, the Chairman of the University of Ilorin Sport Council, Prof. Uche Bassey Eke, reiterated the University’s commitment to have a swimming pool and squash court in place before the next National Youth Games.
On his part, the Kwara State Director of Sport, who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Directors of Sport Forum, Coach Tunde Kazeem, expressed satisfaction with the performance of Team Kwara at the competition.
Team Delta topped the Medals Table with a total of nine Gold medals, seven Silver medals and 10 Bronze medals.
In the final Medals Table signed by the Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee of the Games, Team Ogun emerged second with eight Gold medals, 12 Silver medals and five Bronze medals while Team Kwara claimed the third position with eight Gold medals, seven Silver medals and six Bronze medals.
Other dignitaries at the closing ceremony included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Ilorin, Prof. N.Y.S. Ijaiya; the Registrar, Mr Emmanuel Dada Obafemi; the University Librarian, Dr Joseph Omoniyi; the Dean of Communication and Information Sciences, Prof. J.S. Sadiku; and the Director of Sport, University of Ilorin, Prof. O.O. Obiyemi.
Students of the Department of the Performing Arts, University of Ilorin, were also on ground to entertain the gathering at the University of Ilorin Main Stadium.
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