The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that the ministry needs N81m to clear the weed that has taken over the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
The Minister, who stated this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter, said the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for assessment of the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on a 29 hectares (72 acres) of land.
He said, “we approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.”
“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.
The stadium is sectioned into Package A which houses the Main Bowl and Package B which houses other facilities like basketball courts, NFF office, volleyball courts, tennis courts, squash courts, among others.