In a bid to preserve the nation’s sport facilities from rot and neglect, private firms have been contracted to manage the national stadia in Lagos and Abuja soon.
The Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, revealed this while speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting yesterday in Abuja.
Dalung said the maintenance of the facilities could not be sustained by the government, hence the need to concession them out to the private sector.
“The Federal Executive Council approved the concession of the Abuja National Stadium in 2012, because it was under-utilised, while the National Stadium, Lagos, has been out of use, due to its dilapidated state.
“Government cannot effectively manage these facilities with the budget allocated for their maintenance, so we have to proceed on the concession process which we met on ground,” the minister said.
Also, Dalung stated that the ministry would proceed thus, after it gets the approval of the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE).
“The ministry has received a design of the proposed transformation of the national stadia in Lagos and Abuja. The design makes provision for a five-star hotel and an artificial lake in Abuja which will serve as facility for 12 water sports,” he said.