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FG to concession Lagos, Abuja stadia

| April 4, 2013 More

The Federal Government today said it has decided to concession the Abuja and Lagos National stadias to private companies that can manage it.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi while briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting, alongside the ministers of information, Labaran Maku and National Planning, Shamsudeen Usman, on the performance of his ministry in 2012.

According to the minister the decision followed government’s inability to maintain all the six national stadias in the country.

The Minister also disclosed that the national stadia in Enugu, Bauchi, Kaduna and Ibadan would also be handed over to the respective State government for management.

He while said the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu state has already been released to the state, Bauchi has also written to the Federal Government requesting for the release of the Tafawa Balewa Stadium to the state and the government was also hoping that Kaduna and Ibadan will also come forward to do same.

Meanwhile the Lagos and Abuja Stadia which will be concessioned to private individuals will be remodled. The minister said already Julius Berger commissioned to redo the main pitch of the Abuja National Stadium and will be ready in June.

“As you know, we have six federal major stadia;  Enugu, Bauchi , Kaduna, Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja.

“The Enugu stadium has been approved by the President for release to the Enugu State Government.

“The Bauchi State Government has applied to Mr President for us to release the Bauchi Stadium to Bauchi State Government.

“So we hope that other State Government will take on other Stadia because it is no longer possible for the federal government to continue to maintain these facilities.

“We will now be left with Lagos and Abuja.

“The direction we are heading for these two facilities will be concessioning to the private sector people that can operate them,’’ he said.

The Minister accepted that in his report to Council he had scored low in the area of infrastructure in the sporting sector.

Abdullahi further disclosed that following the outcome of the Presidential retreat held in 2012 government had decided to focus on six different sport for international competition, besides football for more effective funding adding that other sports will now have to compete with these to get the funding as government cannot fund 42 different sporting federations.

The six sports which will be fully funded include: Athletics, teakwando, wrestling, boxing, and weight lifting.

He said the six sports would receive priority funding under the elite athletes programme whilefootball would also be treated separately.

Abdullahi added that while the other sporting federation would  continue to exist, they would no longer attract funding from the government except for special competitions

He declared that there will be no more free funds for none performing federations as funding will only be based on their programmes.

He further disclosed that President Jonathan has approved the appointment of an Olympics Director for the National Sports Commission to effectively monitored and manage Nigeria’s performance in international games.

This is just as he said the Federations are now able to conduct their affairs including conducting elections in a more open and transparent manner.

He declared that the reforms have placed the ministry in better position to monitor the performance of each federation.

He also announced that starting with the National Sports Festival of 2014, the sport festival will now be open to all Nigerians to enable for the discovery of more talent.

Category: Bauchi State News

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