Sanwo-Olu Speaks On Taking Over Lagos National Stadium As Governor
Sports Minister Solomon Dalun, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and top government officials during an inspection of facilities at the Lagos National Stadium (image courtesy www.akinwunmiambode.com)

Governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has decried the sorry state of the National Stadium in the state.

To this end, the APC candidate promised to revisit the failed takeover bid of the stadium, traditional home of the Super Eagles until 2001, by the state government if elected.

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He made this known on Wednesday during an interactive session with sports journalists at the secretariat of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Surulere.

The government of Lagos had in 2016 submitted an action plan to take over the stadium, which was last used for major competition in 2004, from the Federal Government.

When it was in top shape, the stadium hosted major tournaments such as the 1980 and the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments; Fifa U-20 World Cup in 1999; and also Fifa World Cup qualifying matches.

“I don’t know what is wrong with us in this country,” he said, “Why should a Director or Permanent Secretary that the President directed to look into the concession bid did not see the good in the project.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Babajide Sanwo-Olu

“A project meant for about 20 million people that live in Lagos was sat upon while the facility continued to rot. Lagos State, I understand, wrote the bids, pleading for the take over bid that will benefit its citizens and to put it into good use.

“I have discussed with the Chairman on the next line of action which is to intensify efforts, and maybe we will have to go through the legislative arm of government since we have the majority leader in the House of Representatives from the state.

He added that “The Federal government should grant us access to the biggest sporting facility in the country which has been locked down and we will put it to use if we are elected, and I hope same situation will apply at the centre.”