The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport) Prof. Clifford Ofuru, has described the institution’s emergence as the overall winner of the 26th Nigeria University Games (NUGA) as memorable.
Ofuru made the remark in an interview on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the all-university games hosted by the University of Lagos (Unilag).
NAN reports that the defending champions of NUGA, Uniport, has emerged the overall winner of the games for seventh consecutive time.
Ofuru said, the feelings of winning the NUGA for the seventh time was esctatic.
“I feel great about this feat, it’s not just a win but a seventh time of winning, I cannot really imagine how I would have felt if Uniport had not won this competition.
“This win is a memorable one for the university because it is a record time. However, we are not willing to slow down the tempo because the competition is also getting stiffer every year.
“Those coming behind are gradually closing the gap on us in terms of medals’ won. For us at Uniport, we have a culture of sports. Uniport has a nitche for sports.
“We have developed a well structured developmental path of catching our young ones early and replacement for the older ones. This is what we call sports’ development,” he said.
Uniport won the 26th NUGA amassing: 61 Gold, 29 Silver and 30 Bronze making a total of 120 Medals.
The host, Unilag, followed in the second place with 33 Gold, 34 Silver and 19 Bronze; totalling 86 Medals.
In the third place finish is debutant Nile University, Abuja, with 15 Gold, 10 Silver and 13 Bronze , totalling 38 Medals.
The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) came fourth with 11 Gold, 12 Silver and 16 Bronze, totalling 39 Medals.
The University of Benin came fifth with 8 Gold, 9 Silver and 20 Bronze, totalling 37 Medals.
The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, won 7 Gold, 13 Silver and 18 Bronze Medals totalling 38 Medals and occupied the sixth position while Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, came seventh with 6 Gold, 9 Silver, and 3 Bronze, amounting to 18 Medals.
The eighth position went to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, with 6 Gold, five silver and nine bronze, totalling 20 Medals. The Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure came and went home with ninth with 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze, totalling 13 Medals.
The tenth position was occupied by the University of Nigeria(UNN) Nsukka that carted home 4 Gold and 1 Silver.