Alongside-nursed dream got here true for Prof. Adebola Kukoyi penultimate Saturday. His former college students on the College of Lagos (UNILAG) turned the sod to refurbish the establishment’s cricket pitch, which might be renamed in his honour.
Members of UNILAG Cricket alumni, who maintain outstanding positions in Cricket administration in Nigeria eulogised the Professor of Romantic and Comparative Literature for the self-discipline and rules he instilled in them whereas teaching the establishment’s cricket crew.
In his remarks the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe stated the undertaking was a product of his administration’s name to alumni and pals to companion with the establishment to reinforce its amenities.
He praised Kukoyi, who clocked 80 July 5, for serving the college faithfully because the chairman of Sports activities Council within the 90s. He prayed Kukoyi can be alive to see the completion of the undertaking.
“What you’re seeing at the moment is the actualization of the imaginative and prescient God gave us. The celebrant of at the moment, was the chairman of sports activities council in 1998. I need to pray that all of us which might be a part of the start will see the completion,” he stated.
Talking on the undertaking, former President, Nigerian Cricket Affiliation and former Chairman, African Cricket Affiliation, Mr. Kwesi Sagoe, stated former cricket gamers who handed via the college between 1998 and 2018 got here collectively to honour Kukoyi and provides again to the college.
“It was nearly seven weeks in the past after we put heads collectively as a physique of cricket alumni of the college. We reached out all nice Akokites who had performed cricket at each NUGA and WAUG stage between 1998 and 2018. As at toay, we now have over 100 members. We noticed all members had been comfortable we received collectively to have fun Prof. Kukoyi. Past the birthday, we felt we needed to 5 again to cricket and be certain that at UNILAG, cricket is a sport of first alternative,” he stated.
Vice President, Nigerian Cricket Federation and Chairman, Edo State Cricket Affiliation, Mr. Uyi Akpata, praised Kukoyi for instructing them punctuality and different rules.
“When Kukoyi tells you to be right here by 10am, you be right here. issues like which might be among the crucial lifelong classes that we and over 150 others that went via him learnt. We must always have fun these we have to have fun,” he stated.
On his half, Kukoyi thanked the college and his former college students for the honour.
“It is a very momentous time. This concept is an concept whose time has come. I really feel very honoured; I’m overwhelmed by this initiative. We need to flip this place right into a cricket mecca, the place worldwide cricketing will happen and in addition function an academy of sport,” he stated.