Sports minister looks to revitalise MKO Stadium
Sports Minister, Sunday Dare has said the ministry will look for new ways to generate funds for the maintenance of the facility at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, just as he promised that all subsequent matches involving the Super Eagles and other national teams would be played in Abuja.
The Sports Minister made the declaration yesterday during his inspection tour of facilities, his first official visit to the stadium since he assumed office on Wednesday.
Dare said that the turf of the MKO Abiola Stadium was a big concern to Nigerians, adding that big matches are needed to be played at the complex. “We have some matches to play, especially by the Super Eagles, and Nigerians want to know the duration it will take to fix the turf. Is it going to be in days, weeks, months to complete work on the turf?,” Dare asked.
The Sports Minister also said: The Youth and Sports Development Ministry will look for innovative ways to generate funds to maintain Nigeria’s sporting facilities including the Moshood Abiola Stadium.”
Speaking further, Dare stated that the football pitch would receive priority attention saying: “I looked at the pitch this afternoon, and I looked at the revenue-generating possibility through advertising. We see international stadia all over, and we see that they have different companies advertising over time. A lot of revenue can come from there. So, we are looking at a lot of innovative. We are thinking outside the box, beyond what we get from our budget.
“Football will get the attention it deserves. But let me say, in the same breadth, other sports such as badminton, athletics, table tennis and others in which we have leverage and have budding talents, will also get equal attention.
“We will find a way to make sure that beyond football, we also get other sports to participate.”
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