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SATURDAY, 21ST April 2001

By Alhaji Waziri

The President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is expected to declare open the 18th edition of NUGA, the best of its kind in NUGA history, April 21, 2001.

Vice-Chancellor of the Host University, Professor Abdullahi Mahadi, disclosed this Thursday while addressing a pre-NUGA press conference convened at the instance of the Dr. Muhammad Umar-led publicity and Documentation Sub-Committee on NUGA.

Professor Mahadi also disclosed that five former heads of state have been invited to grace the occasion. These include General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Retired Generals Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Other dignitaries expected at the opening ceremony include state governors, traditional rulers, political heavyweights, diplomats and members of the national assembly.

The Vice-Chancellor who disclosed that ABU is expected to host not less that 37 universities and 5 000 athletes, said all arrangement for the successful hosting of the games have been perfected.


By Hajara Mohammed
The contingents of various Universities all over  Nigeria to the 18th Nigerian University Games (NUGA) holding at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, the 18th of April 2001 brought back life to the almost “dead” main campus of the school.

The main-campus - Samaru hitherto quiet due to the first semester break came back to life after the Easter break with the arrival of the invited schools to the NUGA.

Federal University of Technology Akure blazed the trail as the very first to arrive - April 18th, by April 19th the number of schools has risen to thirty-one. University of Jos stormed the campus in the evening of the 18th drumming and singing as the alighted from Obafemi Awolowo University Ife arrived much later in the night singing praises to God.

Music by famous jazz stars and rap stars blasted through as the host school welcomed the invited schools.



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