Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare During his inspection visit to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna stated that the Stadium does not look like a stadium built since 1964 because of its world class facilities and hence not completely disappointing.
The Sports Minister who is on an inspection tour to some of the stadiums and sports facilities in the country has vow to improve the standard of sports facilities in the country.
The Hon. Minister also inspected the Main bowl, Tracks, indoors, outdoors, media gallery among other facilities in the stadium complex.
“The Ahmadu Bello Stadium is not completely disappointing and does not look like one built since 1964 because of its world class facilities.
“I’m here primarily to look at the Main bowl, Indoors and Outdoors which are my main focus. I have also seen the tracks which are world class.
” The Ministry through government will fund and upgrade these facilities in other to attract private investors.
“We are going to pay attention to all the Regional stadia some of which are; the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, National Stadium, Lagos, Michael Okpara Stadium in Enugu and others.
” We will sit down and look at what has worked in the past and what hasn’t and take bold steps toward tackling them. Whatever is working would be allowed to be and build on things not.
“There will be crucial conversations and crucial confrontations as i have lined up meetings with all the Federations in the next two -three weeks where strategies would be mapped out to get things working as grassroots sport will also have a look at.”
When asked the role of the media in all that the new Minister tends to achieve in office, he said; “I’m going to look into it. We will widen that space of sports and the media despite scarcity of funds. I will improve communication as a media person myself,” he concluded.