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Sports ministry ruins plans to build 10 badminton courts – Orbih

The President of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Francis Orbih has heaped blames on the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for frustrating his plans to build 10 badminton courts at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, the reports.

Orbih said on WhatsApp group FUBS on Monday that he had secured the assurances Chinese sponsors in 2018 to help build a badminton gym with 10 courts and other facilities in Nigeria after his visit to the Asian country.

He, however, said the ministry refused to provide land for the project within the stadium as requested, and thereafter failed to provide the required support.

“I went to China on invitation and held several meetings seeking support for badminton in Nigeria. “I was taken to a badminton facility that had 22 courts in the hall and I almost collapsed. I appealed and my host agreed to help put up a badminton gym that would have 10 courts and other facilities. I came back and informed the ministry and there was disbelief,” he said.

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“I spoke with my host and they agreed to come to Nigeria, meet with the ministry officials so as to erase any doubts. I also informed the ministry and a date was confirmed for them to meet with the minister and other officials.

“They travelled down, but on the appointed day, the minister was not available to receive them at the ministry. After waiting for close to one hour, the permanent secretary had to do damage control to receive them.

“With all that, they (visitors) went ahead to confirm their donation and all that was needed was land allocated within the stadium area. Everything is documented. They requested that we come up with a concept of what we wanted.

“We were told that the architects in the Facilities Department of the ministry were the ones that would do this. I wrote to the ministry and made efforts to get this off the ground but that was where the matter died,” Orbih added.

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