MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL STADIUM INAUGURATED

Nigeria’s  Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has charged the Implementation Committee of the Report of the Ministerial Taskforce on National Stadium Surulere, Lagos to carry out their assignment  with dispatch, even as he assured that the edifice  would be restored  to it’s  original blueprint.  

The Minister made this assertion while presiding over the inaugural meeting  of the Ministerial Implementation  Committee on Monday. 

He said the Ministry had begun a journey to restore the  monument to its original glory.  

He said ” The committee’s role is to ensure delivery  of the facilities at the stadium in  line with  the new vision  of the Ministry  on the comprehensive  audit at the National Stadium, Surulere. 

“This is a monument of national pride which had suffered neglect for over 18 years due to limited resources.  

“We have seen a departure from its original blueprint to a point in which you could hardly recognise the National Stadium Surulere as a sporting facility’’.

He recalled that on 9th June 2020, he had set up a Ministerial Taskforce on the National Stadium Surulere  to verify and screen the legality or otherwise of the occupants.

According  to him, ‘’The National Stadium is a Federal Government property and therefore no private or individual structure should find its way there without the approval of the Federal government of Nigeria and the Ministry of Youth and  Sports Development, cleared  from the office of the minister. Any of such structures that falls short of these two major approvals is in contravention and as such remains illegal’’.  

The Minister expressed confidence in the committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Gabriel Aduda,  and other seasoned Sports administrators and experienced individuals  from  the Ministry and the organised private sector  to   carry out the task  of restoring the National Stadium Surulere to its  original blueprint 

Responding on behalf of the Committee, the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda  while thanking the Minister for  the  opportunity to serve,  assured that the Committee would  deliver on its mandate/terms of reference within   the time frame .