FCTA pledges support for rehabilitation of MKO stadium
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has promised to partner the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for the rehabilitation of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja in order to maximise its potentials.
The Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Bello gave this indication when he received Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports in his office in Abuja.
According to the FCT minister, the stadium is a very important public monument in Abuja which he said has not served its full potential.
He said that after the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the stadium is the second most iconic public edifice in Abuja, noticeable immediately upon arrival into the city.
While assuring to work with the Sports Ministry to rehabilitate the stadium, Bello said: “rehabilitating the stadium is going to be in our own joint interest, not only as an Administration but as a people … particularly now that it’s very clear that moving abroad for holidays or for short trips that was the popular pastime of many in Nigeria, is not going to be as it used to be.
“As a matter of fact, in the last two and half months, flights have not flown out or come into this country. So, it is now that we will start to appreciate the beauty of what we have across the country. Each time I go to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, I feel very delighted and proud that we have something like this in Nigeria”.
The FCT minister advised the sports ministry to work out a long term sustainable plan with the private sector to open up the various facilities in the stadium for public use.
Offering the expertise of the relevant departments of the FCTA for the rehabilitation process, Bello said attention should be focused on vegetation control, waste evacuation and lighting.
Earlier, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Dare said the Moshood Abiola Stadium was one of the four Federal Government stadia across the country and the Ministry is committed to ensuring that the iconic monument came back to life and full functionality for the benefit of the sporting community and the entire country.
“The stadium as it is, is not just for sports men and women alone. It is built in such comprehensive way that it is a city within a city with a the 5,000 capacity parking lot, a 64,000 capacity sitting arena, 54 executive suites furnished, all locked up that can be rented and given out; about nine different football practice pitches, Olympic sized swimming pool and eight massive generators.
“We have a stream that runs across it and a massive expanse of land to build a five-star hotel. We want to turn it into a piece of real estate and a sporting facility that will be the pride of this country and the pride of Africa and we think that the FCT will be a worthy partner”, the Sports Minister added.