Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports, has issued a 25-day ultimatum to illegal occupants of the M. K. O. Abiola Stadium, Abuja, to vacate the facility, for proper rehabilitation to commence, Page 36 learnt.
In a Press statement published on the Ministry’s website on Monday, the Minister during an inspection tour of the Stadium, told the residents to vacate the premises.
He said that the ultimatum became necessary, as the Ministry is ready to embark on serious maintenance and rehabilitation of the National Sports edifice.
During the inspection, the Minister visited the Stadium’s Generator House, Diesel Room, Conjunction Panel Room, Outdoor Hall of Fame, Water Fountain, Family Picnic Slop, Designated Entrance to the Hall of Fame Strip, and 4,000 Space Car Park.
He was joined on the tour by Gabriel Aduda, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, and Stadium Renovation Partners from the Federal Capital Territory Authority, FCTA.
In November 2019, the Minister announced that Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, was set to renovate the main bowl of the Stadium.
Dare stated that the renovation would include just the football pitch, light ,and scoreboard at the Stadium.
According to him, work would begin in the next two weeks, saying: “Yes, Abuja is coming back up.”
However, the renovation has not been done since.
The Sports Ministry Spokesperson, quoted the Minister as saying that Dangote Group would still fulfil its promise of renovating the Stadium’s main bowl and scoreboard.
Formerly known as the National Stadium, Abuja, the Stadium was constructed to host the 8th All Africa Games, which took place in October 2003.
The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the contract for the construction of the National Stadium Complex and Games Village on July 18, 2000. It has a 60,491 crowd capacity.
On 12th June, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the change of name of the National Stadium, Abuja, to Moshood Abiola National Stadium.