Nigeria: Govt Receives Rehabilitated Football Pitch, Score Boards From Dangote GroupDecember 6, 2021
Federal Government on Friday received the rehabilitated football pitch of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, as well as new digital score boards from the Dangote Group of Companies.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, while receiving the rehabilitated football pitch and the score boards, stated that the move was an offshoot of the federal government’s Adopt-a-Pitch Initiative which aims at using private collaborations to enhance the development of sportsmen in the country.
Mr Dare, who reinstated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to the development of youth and sports in Nigeria, assured that, the Ministry will continue to use its Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative to woo private interests in the rehabilitation and renovation of all the National Stadia in the country.
According to him, the provision of sports facilities is critical to the development of sports, as such, “government will continue to provide enabling environment for more partnerships with a view to giving sports its pride of place in the country.”
The Minister commended the Dangote Group of Companies for the provision of the latest grass technology in the world – pure dynasty pas palum, (same as the one being used for Qatar, 2022) as well as latest digital scoreboards for the Moshood Abiola Stadium. He further commended the contractors, Aron Nigeria Limited, for their resilience in ensuring the realization of the task after the 2year slow-down owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He called on them to ensure the realization of the 2 year maintenance stipulated in the contract terms, stating further that, “our expectation is that, our national teams will play at the National Stadium. Our national teams need home advantage,” he said.