Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, on Saturday said that the Federal Government would partner the Government of Lagos to accelerate the process of concessioning the National Stadium, Surulere.
Concise News understands that the stadium, in Surulere area of Lagos, is the traditional home of three-time African champions – Super Eagles.
The minister, alongside the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Babafemi Hamzat, inspected the aforementioned stadium, Teslim Balogun Stadium, both in Surulere, as well as the Onikan Stadium.
He noted that there could be no sports development without corresponding improved facility, hence the need for the inspection of the facilities in the stadia to assess their state.
”Today is historical because we are seeing the next level in sports development in this country,” he said.
”There is no sports development without facilities, hence we need to maintain our facilities. We need to upgrade them and we need to manage them properly.
”What you see today is the first step towards maintaining what is a national monument.”
The minister said the plan was to renovate and upgrade the national stadium to an international standard.”
As for governor Sanwo-Olu, he said that he had gone round with the minister and seen the state of negligence and misuse of the national stadium.
He said that the federal government had agreed to work with the Lagos state government on the process of concessioning the stadium.
”Lagos state has indicated interest to help manage and bring back the dead assets that we have there and turn them into a viable asset for our teeming youth,” Sanwo-Olu said.
”We just need to do a whole lot more to revamp it, put it to use and monitor how it is managed,” he added.