The NUGA 2014 games will be formally opened on Saturday
Security has been beefed up at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun, where the 24thedition of the Nigerian University Games, NUGA, commenced on Tuesday.
Apart from the routine security personnel at the main entrance of the University, a security checkpoint had been set up mid way into the campus.
It was being manned by a combined team of police officers, members of the anti-bomb disposal unit, and civil defence personnel.
All vehicles entering the campus were subjected to thorough checks by the security officers.
Also sighted were special and regular marshals of the FRSC who were monitoring vehicular traffic.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Bamitale Omole, said that the institution was not taking chances with respect to security.
“For a games festival that will attract almost 7,000 athletes, apart from the officials and the university committee, it is a challenge that we have risen up to.
“As much as we cannot disclose all security strategies in the media, we have taken all precautions to ensure that security of lives and property are guaranteed.
“The Chief Security Officer of the university, Mr. Paul Ogidi, has been in contact with all security outfits and strategies have been mapped out,’’ Mr. Omole said.
“Anti-bomb disposal units have been on standby 72 hours before the commencement of the games.
“There was a bid in 2010 and OAU was lucky to win the hosting right and ever since, we have been making preparations to make the university community more secured,’’ he added.
The formal opening had been fixed for Saturday.
The games would end on February 22.