The Oyo State government has defended the N5bn to be spent on the Lekan Salami Stadium complex which was recently rehabilitated and commissioned with the pitch being water-logged and the roof leaking.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, the stadium costs over N5bn because other facilities will be built apart from the water-logged, roof-leaking main bowl.
Other facilities expected to be in the stadium are the gymnasium and indoor sports hall, a tennis court as well as the luxury apartments.
While the game against the Slovenian club was on, there was a downpour, which caused the newly refurbished pitch to be water-logged.
Videos also surfaced online of part of the stadium’s roof leaking while the game was on.The governor’s aide alleged that some misguided opposition elements wanted to rubbish the stadium project.
He explained that claim that only the stadium cost N5 billion was untrue and mischievous.
He maintained that the amount being touted was for the cost of fixing the entire sports complex, which is in phases being handled by Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited through the Alternative Project Funding Approach.
Part of the statement read, “Some critics have attempted to blow the cost of fixing the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba out of proportion, especially in view of the water that logged on sections of the pitch due to heavy rain.
“Let it be placed on record that the main bowl of the stadium was only the first phase of the entire project which comes in phases. There is the main bowl, the gymnasium and indoor sports hall for a variety of sporting activities, a world class Tennis court as well as the luxury apartments which will be given out on annual subscription.
“Besides, the pitch as seen on Wednesday is work in progress, because the contractor has not handed over the project to the state government. The contractor had explained that the pitch needed three more months to fully solidify so that the automatic drainage system would become fully functional.
“But the unveiling had to be done to ensure that our darling Shooting Stars Sports Club returns to Ibadan, having been forced to play their matches outside the state for so long owing to absence of a good pitch in Ibadan.
“The contractor has given his assurance to address the challenges of the pitch and by the time the works are completed, Oyo State would definitely have the value for its money, which has always been the priority and intention of Governor Makinde.”