.File photo of the dilapidated National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos. –
fter over a decade of near total neglect, hope for the rehabilitation of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos was revived on Tuesday with the inauguration of a Ministerial Task Force that would midwife the process.
The task force will screen tenancy documents and verify legal and illegal structures within the National stadium.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare said the committee has a mandate to help government commence the initial steps to the bring back the lost glory of the edifice.
“The National Stadium, Lagos holds a lot of fond memories for our Sportsmen and sportswomen and indeed millions of Nigerians.
“Government Shall no longer allow our sporting infrastructure to lie waste. President Buhari is committed to completing abandoned infrastructure and also maintaining the ones that have deteriorated.
“The Moshood Abiola, Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo National stadiums shall be restored and made available to serve our Atheletes.
“Through a robust PPP model of concession and the Adopt a Sports center initiative, these stadiums are set to enjoy some renovations.
“The concession Process of the Athletes hostel in Abuja and the Surulere National stadium as approved by the federal government is now on a fast track”, the minister declared.
Dare continued; “Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to a place like the National stadium in Surulere. So the work of the task force is cut out. In the past, we had interlopers, now it is going to be fixed to serve our teeming youth.
“The task force will carry out its assignment according to the law of the land.”
The terms of reference of the commitee include; carry out audit of approved tenants, verify details of tenancy agreement, come up with list of all aporoved and unaporoved physical structures and approved construction, list of all squatters and their business, carry out a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.
The commitee, headed by the Permanent Secretary Mr Gabriel Aduda is made up of 13 members drawn from the Ministry and the organized private sector and with the full compliments Secuirity agencies.
The committee has three weeks to complete its assignment.
In January this year, the Minister directed the facilities department to issue forms to all occupants to provide important information about their businesses and activities within the stadium.
This documentation will form the major working document of the Task force.
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