MKO Abiola Stadium: Construction coy on course to beat renovation deadline

MKO Abiola Stadium renovation in top gear

The Lagos based Construction company contracted to renovate the MKO Abiola National stadium. Aron Nigeria Limited has revealed that it is on course to meet up with the 24-week deadline as agreed with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the reports.

It will be recalled that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, had earmarked $1 million for the renovation of some parts of the 60,000 capacity stadium, which had morphed from a monument of national pride to a site of national embarrassment.

Our correspondent who paid a visit to the stadium met workers from the construction company, Messrs, Aron Nigeria on-site working to meet the 24-week deadline which will elapse in February 2021.

The grass on the football pitch has been completely hauled off while digging of water passage was being done as at the time of writing this report.

Speaking with a top official of the company under the condition of anonymity, the grass to be used will be imported from Europe while the sand will be locally sourced.

He further said that the scoreboard will be completely changed to the modern ones being used in Europe whose fixing will begin next week.

“This renovation is in two phases and as we all know, it involves the regressing of the pitch, repairs of the water sprinklers as well as the scoreboard and its accessories.

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“The scoreboard will be technologically driven and it will VAR compliant where replays of actions can be shown. We are aware that the cables and other installations have either been stolen or destroyed, but we will go to the control room to begin the fixing.

“The fixing of the scoreboard will begin next week, all things being equal. The grassing which we will import from Europe will be 6 inches and the soft sand will be used to prevent it from being waterlogged,” the source said.

Speaking further, the grass, Platinum TE Paspalum to be used will be the same type FIFA has approved for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It was gathered that Julius Berger, who constructed the stadium in 2003 used Pure Dynasty Paspalum grass which is out of use for modern stadium and didn’t create enough avenue for water passage. It will, however, be noted here that Julius Berger used the technology available at that time.

According to FIFA regulations, Platinum TE Paspalum which was introduced in 2007 by Turf Ecosystems is an environmentally sustainable, salt-tolerant turf grass with superior appearance, playability and maintenance benefits for golf courses, sports venues, and other turfgrass areas.




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