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FG Needs N21 Billion To Rehabilitate Lagos National Stadium – Minister

 

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has said that N21 Billion is needed to completely revive the Lagos National Stadium, Surulere.

The stadium was abandoned for 17 years before the ongoing rehabilitation work started two years ago.

Dare who made this known in Lagos added that 80 percent of the job has been done with the little resources that came courtesy of Chief Adebutu Kessington through the Adopt-A-Pitch initiative of the Ministry of Sports

Dare added: “We lost one year to COVID-19 during the period, and we were still able to make an impact.

“Ten sponsors were needed, and we got only one. The budget for each of the stadia is not enough to maintain it.

“The story of the Surulere Stadium is pathetic because all the cables were stolen and we met a structure completely dead such that we started from ground zero.

“Now, the scoreboard is back, the pitch is back with water sprinklers working while the tartan tracks are 80 percent ready.”

The sports minister commended the efforts of Chief Kessington and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, who partnered with the ministry to revive the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja which was abandoned for 13 years.

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