UNIPORT’s International Centres: Sports-loving Vice-Chancellors have contributed to its success — Director
April 10, 2019 3:02 pm by oremule.modupe – Nigeria –
By Modupe Oremule
Lagos, April 10, 2019 (NAN) Prof. Ken Anugweje, the Director of sports at the University
of Port Harcourt on Wednesday attributed the success of the institution in sports to its
two international centres and sports-loving Vice-Chancellors at the institution.
Anugweje, who was reacting to the success story of the institution’s athletes at various
competitions, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the institution was
“We have been so lucky with the Vice-Chancellors we have been having, who have
stressed the importance of excellent performance in sports.
“The institution’s Vice-Chancellors have always keyed into sporting excellence of the
University, we are also fortunate to have two international centres. There is also the
Olympic African Centre for kids.
“There is also the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) High-Performance
Centre,’’ he said.
Anugweje told NAN that the institution became the choice for most students because
most of the athletes were discovered from their primary schools.
“We get most of our athletes from primary schools through secondary schools and then
they come to UNIPORT to study.
“Many of those in the Secondary Schools have scholarships from the Olympic Africa
headquarters in Dakar. Many of them live around the university and train at the
“So, during JAMB registration, the university becomes a natural choice for them and
we have a strong welfare programme for our athletes,’’ he said.
NAN reports that some of its student-athletes are Joseph Edafiadhe, a 2018 West African
University Games (WAUG) long jump gold medallist; he is also a 2018 National Sports
Festival (NSF) silver medallist.
Favour Ofili is a 400m gold medallist at the 2018 African Youth Championships which
held in Algiers, where she represented Nigeria at the Youth Olympics Games in
Ofili also played a vital role in helping the UNIPORT team to win gold in the 4x400m
relay at the 2018 WAUG.
UNIPORT won 75 gold, 36 silver and 24 bronze medals at the 2018 WAUG. (NAN)