Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has stated that the May 2021 date given the contractor for the completion of the pitch of the National Stadium, Lagos is feasible.
Dare also confirmed that the main bowl pitch of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja is expected to be ready to host football matches from March 2021.
Work on the mainbowl pitch of the Lagos stadium began eight weeks ago after funds were released by owner of Premier Lotto, popularly known as Baba Ijebu, Chief Kessington Adebutu, who last December, pledged to renovate the stadium’s mainbowl, following the highly-successful Adopt-A-Pitch initiative of the sports ministry.
The stadium has been locked to users as renovation works continue, with Dare also disclosing that materials for the pitch’s grassing and tartan tracks will arrive in January.
“This is a national monument, there’s a lot of history behind it, a lot of nostalgia and so many Nigerians have wished that this stadia was back, up and running,” Dare told journalists in Lagos on Friday.
“The contractors have a deadline of May 2021 to have a brand new pitch ready, a brand new tartan tracks and a brand new scoreboard, and I hope that at that time, a large portion of the terraces will be compliant with FIFA’s standard, so we are looking at a May timeline.
“Completing the project in May is feasible because this arrangement is under the Adoption Initiative which is a public/private partnership that we developed we have no doubt that this project is going to be completed in May.”
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