National Stadium, Lagos will host the NUJ Games
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, has concluded arrangements to hold this year’s edition of its annual Media Games in Lagos.
The games, which started in 2005, as a multi-sport competition among media organizations in the Centre of Excellence, will hold at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State from Saturday, October 6 to Friday, October 12.
In a press statement issued by the Chairman of the Council, Comrade Deji Gbolahan Elumoye and the Secretary, Sylva Emeka-Okereke, the games will, among other things, promote professional interactions, networking as well as camaraderie in an atmosphere of fun and friendship that sports provide.
It was also designed to demonstrate and publicly promote the ideals and values of engaging in physical sporting activities for the enhancement of healthy living among practicing journalists in the state.
According to the statement, the games will begin with road shows, where banners of the supporting companies like Chevron, Nigerian Breweries, Unilever, Cadbury, May and Baker, OSR, Dufil Prima Foods, among other hosts would be conspicuously displayed.
This would be followed with visits to media houses in Lagos state as part of enlightenment and media awareness campaign for the event.
Some of the sporting activities for the games include: football, tennis, table-tennis, marathon, scrabble, chess, ayo, draught, swimming and athletics, among others.
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State is the Chief Host at the formal opening of the games on Saturday, October 6, 2012 while guests include Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, his sports counterpart, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, the President of Newspaper Proprietors' Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Mr Nduka Obaigbena and Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs Remi Oyo.
“Through the years, the event has become a major rallying point for journalists in the state,” the statement added.