By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA: The Federal Capital Territory FCT Administration has mentioned it should associate the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for the rehabilitation of the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja in order that it may be utilized to its fullest potentials and become a mini metropolis.
Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello disclosed on Thursday when he acquired the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare in his workplace.
According to the FCT Minister, the stadium is an important public monument in Abuja which he mentioned has not served its full potential, noting that after the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the stadium is the second most iconic public edifice in Abuja, noticeable instantly upon arrival into the town.
On working with the Sports Ministry to rehabilitate the stadium, Malam Bello mentioned “ rehabilitating the stadium goes to be in our joint curiosity, not solely as an Administration however as a folks notably now that it is rather clear that shifting overseas for holidays or for brief journeys that was the favored pastime of many in Nigeria, isn’t going to be because it was once.
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“As a matter of fact, in the last two and half months, flights have not flown out or come into this country. So, it is now that we will start to appreciate the beauty of what we have across the country. Each time I go to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, I feel very delighted and proud that we have something like this in Nigeria”.
While providing the experience of the related departments of the FCTA for the rehabilitation course of, the FCT Minister mentioned consideration needs to be centered on vegetation management, waste evacuation and lighting.
According to him, the stadium is exceptionally lovely when lit up at night time, noting that if the rehabilitation works are finished correctly, the stadium might grow to be a metropolis inside a metropolis and be a significant vacationer vacation spot throughout the nation.
Earlier, Mr Dare mentioned the Moshood Abiola Stadium was one of many 4 Federal Government stadia throughout the nation and the Ministry is dedicated to making sure that the long-lasting monument got here again to life and full performance for the advantage of the sporting neighborhood and your complete nation.
“The stadium as it is, is not just for sports men and women alone. It is built in such a comprehensive way that it is a city within a city with a 5,000 capacity parking lot, a 64,000 capacity sitting arena, 54 executive suites furnished, all locked up that can be rented and given out; about nine different football practice pitches, Olympic sized swimming pool and eight massive generators. We have a stream that runs across it and a massive expanse of land to build a five-star hotel. We want to turn it into a piece of real estate and a sporting facility that will be the pride of this country and the pride of Africa and we think that the FCT will be a worthy partner”.