Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has released the list of infrastructure development projects completed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, particularly in the last four years when he became the minister.
Dare while speaking rolled out the number of infrastructural development the Ministry’s Adopt-An-Infrastructure initiative that was pushed by the Private, Public Partnership (PPP), listed 23 projects that witnessed turned around at the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja.
Keys projects that were sponsored by the Federal Government and Private sectors at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, include the installation of a new digital scoreboard, a football pitch with a water sprinkler system, rehabilitation of players’ changing rooms including
sauna, bath, and replacement of players’ lockers.
Others are: Rehabilitation of 3x1000kva gen-sets with control panels, repair of the synchronizing panel and Main bowl Floodlights repairs, testing, and certificatintensitytyty AF-approved contractor.
Installation of stand-alone solar streetlights and replacement and installation of CCTV cameras in some
strategic locations at the stadium and rehabilitation of its control station.
The velodrome that was abandoned for years has been renovated and has hosted many international cycling competition.
Also Sixteen different projects have also been completed at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos, while at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Lagos, not fewer than 12 projects have been renovated and upgraded.
At the National Stadium, Surulere, the projects that were rehabilitated are: football pitch, removal of damaged roof, and procurement of high back
seats for the VIP section, complete rehabilitation of the Water Sprinkler system, new digital scoreboard, and new 8-lane tartan track.
The long list of infrastructure that were rehabilitated also includes the Games Village hostel and the transfer of its management to a private company for completion into a 3-star hotel and effective management of the facility.
At the NIS, the adopt-an-Infrastructure initiative has seen the rehabilitation of its hostel building; painting, room
furniture/bedding and fans, rehabilitation of sports facilities: football pitch, basketball court, netball court, boxing arena, and indoor sports screen.
Reeling out the list, Dare added that the Amadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna State has been handed over to the Kaduna State government according to him, only Federal Government can’t maintain the stadiums reason they considered a concession of some of them to states.
He also revealed that the handing over of Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan to the Oyo State government is ongoing and would be completed before the end of May.
However, there have been repairs and upgrade to the indoor basketball hall
complex, repairs of the multi-purpose auditorium, and general maintenance which includes the main gate,
replacement of electrical signposts and horticultural works at the entrance gate
and water supply reticulation.
There have also been re-gassing of the main bowl pitch, repair of booster
pump, roof leakage repair, and tartan track slab repairs.