The Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, Mni and the University Management have hosted the medal-winning TEAM LASU to the just concluded 10th All Africa University Games hosted by Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.
The athletes were recently hosted by the Management at the Vice Chancellor’s conference room, main campus, Ojo, Lagos.
An elated Vice-Chancellor, in the company of other principal officers, poured encomiums on the athletes.
“Thank you for making LASU proud. I heard the challenges you faced out there. I like your resilience. Winning 1 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals makes us proud. I was told you were obedient, focused and well behaved throughout the games”, Professor Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello started her speech.
In appreciating the athletes, the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Management announced a school fee full-tuition rebate for gold medallists, 75% for silver and 50% for bronze winners.
The announcement was greeted with applause by the student-athletes and others in attendance.
Professor Olatunji-Bello was not done yet, as she announced additional cash gifts for the victorious team.
For each gold medal, #50,000, silver, #30,000 and for each bronze, #20,000.
“This reward is to appreciate you and encourage other athletes, to do more. Thank you very much”, the Vice-Chancellor stated.
She rounded off by appreciating the resilience of the leader of the delegation, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Wahab Elias for supporting the team and ensuring they performed well and came back with medals. She equally thanked the Chief Coach of the team, Owoyemi Idowu for taking the best to the competition and not a large contingent.
The leader of the Delegation, Prof. Wahab Elias, while recounting the ordeal of the team, narrated how it almost missed the competition, due to visa hitches, but, eventually got to the venue, as the athletes got their visas at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“We almost missed our flight, due to visa hitches. But, we eventually got the visas at the Addis Ababa International Airport and connected another flight to Nairobi, Kenya. We were asked to sign an indemnity form and I did on behalf of LASU”, Prof. Elias explained.
At the games, Prof. Elias informed that other Vice-Chancellors, from participating Universities, commended the LASU vice chancellor for sending athletes to the games, in spite of the global meltdown.
“I must appreciate the Vice-Chancellor for constantly being in touch, asking about the welfare of the athletes as well as the two accompanying officials. We thank the VC for the support. These boys and girls gave their best and made LASU proud”, the leader of the delegation ended.
The Director of Sports, LASU, Dr Segun Olawunmi, began on a note of appreciation by thanking Professor Olatunji-Bello and the management for the unflinching support.
“LASU is now the destination of choice, because of the opportunity the vice Chancellor gave us. I know many other things will come. LASU is co-hosting the next edition of the games with UNILAG in 2024. The flags are already here in the country and a date for the launching, where the two VCs of LASU and UNILAG will be in attendance, will be announced, soon. As we speak, some higher institutions are on their way to LASU, as we are hosting the qualifying series of Higher Institution Football League (HIFL) 2022”, he averred.
The short, but, impressive event ended with the Vice-Chancellor decorating the athletes with their medals as well as presentation of certificates.
The VC in turn decorated the leader of the delegation, Prof. Elias and the DVC(Administration), Prof. Adenike Boyo decorated Professor Olatunji-Bello with her own medal. Other principal officers were presented certificates of participation, too.
The team captain, Simeon Akinsola, who won a silver in badminton, on behalf of the team, gave the vote of thanks. He appreciated the Vice-Chancellor and the Management for the reward and support all the way.
Other principal officers at the hosting include the Registrar, Mr Muhammed Olayinka Amuni and the University Librarian, Dr Layi Adebayo.
Other high-ranking officers include the Chairman, LASU Sports Council, Prof. Ayodeji Abari, the Principal Assistant Registrar(VCO), Dr Lateef Sekoni and the Special Assistant to the VC, Mr Lateef Salami.
The competition took place from Monday, 6th to Friday, 10th June 2023 at the Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya.
LASU took part in Table Tennis, Badminton and Karate with 10 athletes and 2 officials.
The next edition of the games comes up in Lagos, Nigeria, in 2024, with Lagos State University and the University of Lagos co-hosting.
A glance at TEAM LASU medalists to the 10th FASU Games, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya
1 Akinsola Simeon Abiodun (1 silver)
2 Idowu Oluwasegun Obasanjo (1silver)
3 Idowu Akintoye Oluwatimilehin (1silver)
4 Ilori Aminat Oluwafunke (1 silver)
5 Jimoh Rukayat Omowunmi (1silver)
6. Alade Omolade Rofiat (1 silver)
1. Ilori Aminat Oluwafunke(1 bronze)
2. Jimoh Rukayat Omowunmi (1bronze)
1. Ilori Aminat Oluwafunke (1 silver)
2. Jimoh Rukayat Omowunmi (1 silver)
1. Akinsola Simeon Abiodun (1 bronze)
2. Idowu Oluwasegun Obasanjo (1 bronze)
1. Agbana ifeoluwa Gino (2 bronze)
1. Adegoke Muizz Olawale (1 sliver)
2. Akanbi Rilwan Daniel (1 sliver)
1. Akanbi Rilwan Daniel (1 Gold)
1. Afolabi Abdulahi Opeyemi (1 sliver)
2. Akanbi Rilwan Daniel (1 silver)
3. Adegoke muizz Olawale (1 silver)
1. Prof Elias Omikorede Wahab
-Head of Delegation
2. Mr Owoyemi Idowu Olatunde -Deputy Head of Delegation/Coach