After years of neglect, Nigeria Minister Of Youth and Sport Sunday Dare sets up committee in hope for the rehabilitation of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos was revived on Tuesday with the inauguration of a task force that would midwife the process.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare said the committee has the mandate to bring back the lost glory of the edifice.
” The National Stadium, Lagos holds a lot of fond memories for our Sportsmen and other people. We shall no longer allow our infrastructures to lie waste. The Moshood Abiola, Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo National stadiums shall be put to best use. Abuja and Kaduna are at an advanced stage, Lagos has approval for concession. Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to the place. So the work of the task force is cut out. In the past, we had interlopers, now it is going to be fixed to serve our teeming youths. The task force will carry out its assignment according to the law of the land.”
The terms of reference of the committee include; carry out an audit of approved tenants, verify details of the tenancy agreement, come up with a list of all approved and unapproved physical structures and approved construction, list of all squatters and their business, investigate staff of the Ministry who allow the presence of the squatters, carry out a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.
The committee headed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Gabriel Aduda is made up of 13 members drawn from the Ministry and the organized private sector. Other members of the committee include Dr. Paul Ohido, Barrister Mohammed Danjuma, Mr. Peter Nelson, Engineer Alanamu Abolore, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, Architect Abiodun Owoborode, Benjamin Ukwuoma, Adeolu Fasanya, Mr. Idris Olorunimbe, and Abdulgafar Idris.
The committee has 21 days to complete its assignment.