Monday 14 March 2016

Report of the Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA) Games 2016 monitoring team

The NiMSA games 2016 monitoring team is a 6-man committee that was setup on the 8th of March, 2016 by the
NiMSA Director of Special Duties, BAKRE Hamzat Omotoyosi, to visit the University of Benin (the host of the NiMSA games 2016) and do a thorough inspection of the facilities on ground as well as preparations towards the program.

The members of the committee included:

(1) 'Oba Grant, Chairman
(2) Esangbedo Vicars
(3) Oni Adeola
(4) Taiwo Adetomiwa S.
(5) Adegbesan Funmilayo
(6) Chukwu Ani John, Secretary

The committee visited the University of Benin (UNIBEN) on Thursday, 10th March, 2016 and started with the inspection of the Intercontinental Postgraduate Hostel which was confirmed set to accommodate officials (coaches etc) from the various medical schools across the federation. Each room in the hostel has three bed spaces with two rooms sharing a toilet and a bathroom. The toilets and bathrooms were said to be neat, likewise the environment. There is also a 24-hour water supply and the hostel is powered by the university management within the hours of 7pm - 5am when there is power outage.

The committee later moved to the halls prepared for the participants - The Queen Idia Hall (Hall 1) and Tinubu Hall (Hall 2) led by the Deputy Dean of Students' Affairs. Each of the rooms can accommodate six (6) participants at a time with 5 bathrooms and toilets serving a block of rooms (each block has five rooms), though the school authority, through the Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, promised to put things in place and tidy up some things in the hostels before commencement of the games after the committee registered its displeasure on the state of things in the hostel. The rooms were reported to be poorly ventilated with a small window serving a room expected to accommodate six (6) students. The toilets were not as neat as the intercontinental postgraduate hostel  likewise the environment. However, it also has a 24-hour water and power supply as in the postgraduate hostel.

The monitoring team then proceeded to the University sports complex (Samuel Ogbemudia sports complex) to inspect the sporting facilities and met with the school's sports director, Dr (Mrs) Egbase, who took the committee around to show the equipments on ground.  The committee expressed satisfaction at what was seen and described it as the best facility for the games viz swimming pool, basketball court, handball court,  lawn tennis court, volleyball court,  including the venue for the indoor games were all in good shape though one of the football pitches is still under construction but three other pitches were certified ready for the football competitions.

Conclusively, the NiMSA Games 2016  shall commence as planned and scheduled for 14th - 20th March, 2016 at the University of Benin, having satisfied the committee. However, participants are advised to come with sufficient funds enough to cater for their feeding because it is not captured in the hosts' budget.

*NiMSA President, HE Haruna Musa Kereng for the opportunity to serve

*The Special NiMSA games monitoring team for a job well done

*Special thanks to Kenechukwu Celestine who later joined the team

*SCONGA Director and members of the Local Organizing Committee for the cooperation given so far

*UNIBEN management for the support so far.

BAKRE Hamzat Omotoyosi
Director, Special Duties
Office of the President,
Nigerian Medical Students' Association
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