By Muhammad Nasir Bashir
Dutse – The Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa, said it had spent about N7 million to renovate sports facilities to be used in the upcoming 2017 Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) preliminaries.
The university’s Sports Director, Iliyasu Hussain, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Monday.
“About N7 million was spent to renovate facilities to be used during the exercise.
“The renovation is part of our preparations to successfully host the 2017 Zone ‘A’ NUGA preliminaries.
“So, all facilities to be used for the games have been put in to ensure, hitch-free, smooth and successful conduct of the competition,” the sports director assured.
Hussain lauded the efforts of the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Fatima Muktar, for her support and cooperation in the ongoing preparations for the games.
NAN reports that 19 universities from the zone will compete for tickets to the NUGA Games at the preliminaries, billed to take place from April 2 to April 8.
A team of experts from Zone A of the NUGA Council had on March 14, inspected facilities at the university and other venues in preparation for the preliminaries.
The council also appointed 13 coordinators for the games to feature in the preliminaries which include: football, basketball, volleyball, handball, hockey, badminton, tennis and table tennis.
Others are; swimming, athletics, chess, Taekwando, cricket, scrabble, squash and judo.