|Vice Chancellor Vincent PK Titanji at Press Confere|
The University of Buea(UB) is set to warmly receive thousands of delegates , on campus, from Cameroon’s universities and other higher institutions of learning who are coming for this year’s university games, Professor Vincent PK Titanji,UB Vice-Chancellor(VC), last Friday ,told a press conference in Buea . The games will begin on May 5 and will take 9 days.
The initiative of University games started in 1998 in Dschang as a way of fostering unity and solidarity among higher institutions of learning, and has now become a permanent feature in the university landscape in Cameroon.
The games are jointly funded by the National Federation of University Sports (FENASU), the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, the Host University, and partners in the private sector such as MTN Cameroon, which is the official but not exclusive sponsor of the games.
The National Federation of University Sports (FENASU) has since 2002 been handling the technical aspects of organizing the games
UB is hosting the yearly games, which are organized on a rotation principle this year for the third time; it first hosted the games in 2000 and the time in 2006.Last year the games were hosted by the University of Dschang.
Some 19 delegations with some 4000 delegates are expected at the University of Buea, which has had its sports infrastructure and facilities renovated and upgraded.
“An outstanding aspect of the University Games is that there is more to it than winning of medals”, Professor Titanji told the press conference, which held in the Conference Room of the Faculty of Science. “Athletes and officials are usually called up to demonstrate the Olympic Spirit which is the respect for one another and a sense of fair play.
“To give this aspect of the games a great distinction, a trophy and cash prize of 2 million FCFA for fair play was introduced in 2000 when UB hosted the games.”
Because supporters’ clubs add special animation during the games, in 2001 in Ngaoundere a completion for the best supporters clubs was launched.
The UB VC said the falls of the University games have included the selection of good number athletes for various national teams as results of their impressive performances.
While expressing UB‘s readiness to host the games, Professor Titanji reminded athletes “to compete in all fairness, in a spirit of brotherliness but with the will to conquer”
The VC noted that the games have witnessed both positive quantitative and qualitative improvement in terms of number of disciplines and number of participating institutions.
He gave assurance that measures have been put in place to ensure the security and safety of delegates and other vistors in Buea.
The vice-chancellor was hopeful that UB competitors who are to participate in all the sport disciplines this year would greatly improve on their past performances considering that, they started training and preparation for the competition early enough.
“We are going in with a firm determination to do better than last year”, said Professor Titanji, wearing a broad smile.
The VC did not hesitate to tell reporters that, UB would certainly take advantage of the games to market its programmes. “It will also be an opportunity for us to show that we are a dynamic university; that there is quality scholarship going on in UB”, he said.
He also launched an appeal to hotel owners and other business people not to inflate prices of commodities, so to make life quite affordable to all visitors.
First Published in The RECORDER Newspaper of May 2, 2012