Dare promises immediate renovation of Abuja stadium

Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Saturday said his ministry would arrive to ensure that the decaying Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja would be renovated soon.

Dare, who was sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, stated this on Twitter.

“The Youth and Sports Development Ministry will look for innovative ways to generate funds to maintain Nigeria’s sporting facilities including the Moshood Abiola stadium,” he tweeted.

The minister had on Friday embarked on an inspection tour of the Moshood Abiola Stadium.

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Speaking during the inspection tour, Dare said Nigerians would watch the Super Eagles play in the stadium soon.

“We are going to be innovative to see how we can get extra funding, and how we can privatise the football pitch.

“I don’t want to put a timeline, but it’s sufficient to say that it’s right at the top of our agenda, because we know it’s taking sometime and Nigerians are interested in seeing Super Eagles play in Abuja, the stadium will be ready soon.’

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“I’m going to be a minister for youth development and sports development. I understand that soccer is loved by most Nigerians, but in the same breath badminton, cycling, tennis and other sports will all get equal attention.

“We will find a way to make sure that beyond football, we will also get other sports up to speed.”

Speaking further, Dare reiterated his commitment to developing sports in Nigeria while expressing his satisfaction at Africa’s only velodrome.

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“The fact that the velodrome is functional, that is what we should expect from all the facilities around the stadium, and other facilities in the country.

 “We are committed to youths and sports development; we have been charged to look for innovative ways to be able to generate funds for our ministry,” he added.

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