Ahead of the forthcoming Nigerian Universities Staff Sports Association (NUSSA) Games, billed for September 21st – 30th, 2018, the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Sports Council on Friday, organised a Walk and Jog for Life Exercise for its members.
The NUSSA games slated for University of Ilorin sport complex, Ilorin, Kwara State capital is anticipated to feature sixteen various sporting events to be contested by over 70 universities.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orhumwense, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Jacob Ehiorobo, lauded the organisers of the Walk and Jog for Life exercise and expressed optimism that the University staff athletes would excel at the games.
“It is timing because a healthy man is a wealthy man, and only a healthy man can perform his duty promptly,” he said.
The UNIBEN Director of Sports, Dr. (Mrs.) Felicia Egbase, said the Walk and Jog for Life exercise was to sensitize the teeming staff on the need to be prepared for the zonal preliminary of the game that will kick-start within the University on Monday.
She disclosed that any staff who distinguished themselves at the preliminary would represent the institution at the games proper at Unilorin, adding that the University management has promised to support the participants both financially and otherwise to ensure that the institution comes overall best at the end of the games.
“The zonal preliminary commences on Monday across the six zones. Ekehuan campus is a zone on its own, while five zones are within the Ugbowo campus.
“Staff are to compete among themselves for selection of those that will represent UNIBEN at the main event at Unilorin. Sixteen sporting events will be competed for apart from judo and taekwondo which have been replaced with the game of golf and darts respectively.
“When we hosted the games in 2011, we won. We are trying to sensitize our staff because of what happened at the last edition, but this time around, the management has promised to give adequate support that will ensure effective representation at the games.
“The Union are also involved to see how sponsorship drive can be achieved. Our expectation is to win the games and nothing short of that. It is based on this that we are appealing to staff to come out in large numbers for the preliminary across the six zones.”
Dr. Kayode Iyasere, the Chairman, UNIBEN Staff Sports Committee, noted that the University is fully prepared to feature a strong team at the games.
“The Vice Chancellor and the management team have given their support to ensure qualitative representation. Funding will not be our problem enroute to the event proper in Ilorin,” he said.
Also speaking, the Principal Coach (Athletics) and Fitness Instructor, Mr. West Salami, said “the essence of the exercise is for fitness,for total well-being. It is an annual exercise. We are trying to create the awareness and enlightenment for members of the UNIBEN community, including staff and students.”