FG to upgrade Surulere stadium..

    John Owan Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development, has indicated that the Federal Government is considering the demolition and reconstruction of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, to restore its functionality. Owan-Enoh, who previously expressed his intention to proceed with the planned concession of the facility, emphasized that the government’s priority is to revitalize the deteriorating structure.

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    The National Stadium, constructed in 1972 in preparation for the All Africa Games in 1973, has suffered from a lack of effective operation for more than 15 years due to inadequate maintenance of its facilities.

    The former Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, initiated a public-private partnership through his “adopt-a-facility” program, which led to Chief Adebutu Kessington refurbishing the tartan tracks, football pitch, and scoreboard.

    Owan-Enoh explained that he has reconsidered the concession plan due to the stadium’s current condition, but he also stated that the government is committed to pursuing the most viable option. He stated, “I initially expressed support for the concession of the National Stadium in Lagos; however, after further discussions, I am now contemplating the possibility of demolishing the stadium. Similar arrangements with the National Arts Theatre in Lagos have proven beneficial to the creative industry.”

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