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Dare sets up Task Force on National Stadium reopening

… to fully concession stadium

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Tuesday inaugurated a Task Force to verify the businesses in the National Stadium, Surulere ahead of its reopening, the reports.

In a series of tweets on his Twitter handle, Dare also mandated the Task Force to complete its verification assignment in three weeks.

“Today, I inaugurated the Task Force on the verification of the businesses in the National Stadium Surulere. This is a first step towards the reopening of the stadium but also meant to restore some sanity to the stadium ahead of the concession.

“The Task Force which has 3 weeks to complete its assignment will screen all occupants and also identify all illegal structures within the Stadium. The screening and activities of the Task Force will be done in accordance with the rule and law and will be uncompromising.

“In January this year, the Ministry began the process of verification by issuing forms to all businesses within the stadium premises. The Task Force will afford them all to present necessary documentation as the Ministry commences the long journey to restore the Stadium

“Government’s plan to fully concession the Surulere Stadium in a PPP arrangement is ongoing, even as the Ministry seeks to commence some renovation works. It is a sporting infrastructure built by the government and not a Mall or business premises,” he tweeted.

The Task Force is led by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Gabriel Aduda to be supported by Dr Paul Onyido, Barr Muhammed Danjuma, Engr Okedairo,  O. O, Dr Akinlotan Olusegun, Engr Alanamu Abolore and Alh.  Bode Alli Durotoye.

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Others are Arc Biodun Owoborode, Benjamin Ukwuoma, Adeolu Fasanya, Idris Olorunimbe, Mr Abdulgafaar Apena and Kehinde Owopetu.

The National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos was built in 1972 to host the second All Africa Games. After playing hosts to several international matches, the edifice has been rotting away close to two decades after hosting the final of the AFCON 2000.

It will be recalled that Dare had revealed that he had secured approval from the Federal Government to concession the sports facility.

“Now we have approval to concession the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos and the process has been ongoing but it was delayed due to lack of concession advisers.

“We have been able to overcome that (lack of Concession advisers). In the next couple of weeks, we will have those who are interested in taking over the National Stadium Surulere and hostel come forth and the normal process of concession will take place,” Dare said in a statement issued by his Media Office.


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