April 24, 2024

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu hopes that the state can set a high standard when it hosts the 11th FASU Games this September.

Mr Sanwo-Olu told a delegation of officials from Lagos State University (LASU) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos State House in Marina.

The governor pledge the state’s support and also urged the organisers to seek corporate support to elevate the event and project the state and nation in a good light to the continent.

“It is the Nigerian flag that you are flying, so all the invited universities from across Africa will see the best of Nigeria. It will be a joy if we can host the best FASU games ever, setting a high standard for future editions,” the governor stated.

The delegation, led by Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, the Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University, and representing the University of Lagos, Professor Ayo Atsenuwa, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, informed Governor Sanwo-Olu that the 11th FASU games would take place in Lagos from September 20th to 29th, 2024.

This edition of the games holds historical significance as it marks the first-ever joint hosting by two universities. In her address, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello highlighted the reasons for choosing Lagos, emphasizing the state’s excellence in hosting, safety, tourist attractions, and economic strength.

Expressing gratitude, Prof. Atsenuwa commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for his continuous support for universities and sports development. The governor’s previous donation of a rubber track to the University of Lagos for the 26th NUGA Games in 2022 was acknowledged with deep appreciation.

Organisers confirmed that local organising committees for the games have been established, and various subcommittees have commenced activities to ensure the success of the event. These subcommittees cover technical aspects, facilities, feeding, ICT and accreditation, accommodation, security, ceremonies and protocol, medical services, media and publicity, marketing and fundraising, transport, and volunteer coordination.

Other committees include Culture and Tourism, Anti-Doping, Immigration and External Relations, Environmental, Education, and Scientific Forum, and Commercial Revenue Generation.

The last time Nigeria hosted the FASU games was in 2004 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) in Bauchi. Lagos is poised to welcome over three thousand athletes and officials, showcasing the state’s commitment to excellence in university sports.

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