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We will spend N582m to renovate MKO Abiola stadium – Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has revealed that it will cost about $1.5m (N582m) to renovate the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the reports.

Speaking on the sidelines during the renaming and the unveiling of the signage of the stadium, Dare said all the sporting facilities within the stadium were functional.

It will be recalled President Muhammadu Buhari on June 12, 2019 renamed the Abuja Stadium after the assumed winner of the June 12, 1992 elections and pillar of sports, Chief MKO Abiola.

“This is a functional facility and again I say that the grass growing outside is not functionality. Functionality is that there is light in the stadium, there is water, the facilities are working, the indoor sports hall is fixed, and the velodrome has been approved by international bodies to host cycling events in Africa.

“There are no single holes or leakage and I promise Nigerians that very soon, the football pitch that we promised will be renovated. We are leveraging on private partnership and we have to go by their own time. This football pitch will come back alive and this stadium will host the great matches,” he said.

The Minister disclosed that the occasion was an attestation of the President’s vision and mission of giving recognition to worthy citizens while encouraging the younger generation to join him in building a “strong, virile and indivisible nation”.

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“It will cost almost $1.5m private funds to fix the stadium and there are processes in handling such a project. We have to check for the best company that can do it,” Dare told journalists after the inspection.

“We are in the final stage in which the contractor will be mobilised to site, so I’m calling on Nigerians to be patient. We are carrying out all the necessary procedures before we move to the site, so the pitch will come back very soon.

“You can see that the stadium is functional. I will say 75 to 80 per cent functional. The swimming pool is working, the indoor sports hall is working, 60,000 seats in the stadium are FIFA compliant and the tracks are okay. So, we will get there very soon.

“It is a function of when the pitch is fixed. Every other thing is working. The lights are back, security is back, water is back. What is left is just the football pitch and the floodlights,” he added.

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