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Nigeria: FG to concession Abuja, Lagos stadia

| April 6, 2013 More

Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)– The Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday  announced plans to concession two of its mega stadia, the Abuja stadium and national stadium, Lagos.

Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) is working out the process of the concession

Speaking  after presenting the performance report of the sports sector to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), he  stated that it had become evident that the Federal Government could no longer maintain the six stadia across the six geo- political zones.

He said: “You will recall that last year, Mr President set up an inter-ministerial committee to come up with a sustainable plan for managing these two mega sporting structures.

“Since then, we have been working with the infrastructure concession and Regulatory Commission, the ICRC to come up with the frame work for concessioning the facilities to the private sector.

“The ICRC has started advertising projects that could come up under concession and they told me that the two stadia , Lagos and Abuja are among the next round of advertising they will do for concession.

“So, the direction we are heading on these two facilities is concession to the private sector people that can operate them.”

Abdullahi also said that sequel to the request of the Enugu State Government, the Nnamdi Azikwe stadium in that state had been released to the state.

He disclosed that Bauchi State Government had requested for the release of the Tafawa Balewa stadium to it.

Abdullahi also expressed optimism that Oyo and Kaduna state governments would also want to take up the Liberty and Ahmadu Bello stadia respectively.

He said, “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 the Bauchi State Government.

“So, we hope that other state governments will also take on other stadia because it is no longer possible for the Federal Government to continue to maintain these facilities.”

On the activities of the National Sports Commission in 2012, the minister spoke about the ongoing reform of the sports federation, the premier league, the National Sports Festival and the focus on grassroots sports development.

Abdullahi also said, emphasis was being placed on age- grade competition with a view to discovering talents.

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku added that, “We saw today a new sporting sector that is beginning to show better results. We have seen a new momentum, a new drive. We reviewed the performance and we are convinced this minister is doing well.”

Category: Bauchi State News

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