BREAKING: Nigeria Gets First Sports University In Africa
Information reaching Naija News House says that Nigeria Gets First Sports University In Africa
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the issuance of provisional licenses for the establishment of 12 new private universities across the country including the first Sports University in Africa.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the Council’s meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.
“The proposed private universities are Pen Resource University Gombe, Gombe State, Al-Ansar University, Maiduguri, Borno State, Margaret Lawrence I -University, Delta State, and Khalifa Ishaku Rabiu University Kano, Kano State.
“Sports University, Idumuje Ugboko, Delta State, Bala Ahmed University Kano, Saisa University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Sokoto State, Nigerian-British University, Hasa, Abia State, and Peter University, Acina-Onene, Anambra State as well as Newgate University, Minna, Niger State, the European University of Nigeria in Duboyi, Abuja and the North-West University Sokoto,” he said.
The Sports University is founded by Prince Ned Nwoko and sited in Idumuje Ugboko in Delta State. The University is said to be the first Sports varsity in Africa.
The founder, Nwoko while speaking to journalists, expressed delight in the approval saying it will allow young Nigerians to do what they love doing.
“It took me a long time to get to this point, but I can speak confidently about this now. I went to China, Russia, America, and England and came back to put all the sports courses together.
He said, “I realized years ago when I was at the University of Lagos studying that Nigeria was behind in every sphere – international speaking. When we have Olympic sports, how well do we do as a country? Almost zero performance. Nigeria is 62years from independence having two gold medals, one from Chioma Ajunwa and one from Kanu Nwankwo.
Sports UniversityThe founder further revealed that Kenya has about 50 goal medals from Independence while South Africa has had almost the same. “Beyond Africa, Michael Phelps alone has 21 goal medals alone. These were achieved because of practice. But Nigeria will wait for a month or two for the Olympics before going to the camp. And I ask what can you achieve in a month with someone who has been practicing for years or all his life?
“So, I said to myself this is what we don’t have in Nigeria, and Africa, so I thought I should do something like this to allow the young ones to do what they love doing.”
On the level of readiness for the take-off of the institution, he said the university will take off in September 2022 to offer professional first-degree certificates in sports-related fields.
The school project has a three-floor academic building, top-scale art library, medical centers, Olympic-size swimming pool, and standard pitches for football, hockey, and baseball.
According to the design, the varsity also has a five-star hotel, administrative blocks, lecture hall, canteen, and junior staff quarters.