The MKO Abiola International Stadium in Abeokuta is now undergoing renovations by the Ogun Government to better accommodate spectators.
The 10,000-capacity stadium would be covered entirely to provide a facelift, according to a statement released on Saturday by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Mr. Kunle Somorin.
He claimed that Abiodun’s pledge to elevate the standard of sports and athletic endeavours in Ogun included remodelling.
He claims that it is a follow-up to the funds used to send the state delegation to the recently finished 2022 National Sports Festival, which was hosted by Delta.
According to him, work on the MKO stadium’s renovation began on Friday and proceeded until early Saturday morning as more personnel and materials arrived at the building site.
The governor’s aide said that the facelift was expected to be completed in four weeks.
He noted that the stadium, named after the winner of Nigeria’s June 12 Presidential Election, Bashorun MKO Abiola, who also hailed from Abeokuta, had been used as a multi-sports event centre for over two decades.
He said the stadium had played host to state-owned and private football clubs, including the Gateway Football Club and Abiola Babes International Football club.
”While the stadium has played host to local and international football matches, it has also produced stars that have proven their mantle globally in the world of sports,” he said.
Somorin said that about 20 per cent of the stadium had been covered as at press time.
He said that arrangement to cover the whole spectators stand would no doubt add beauty, comfort and further raise the standard of the facility.
He added that it would also prepare the stadium for the 2023 National Sports Festival which Ogun recently got the right to host.