By; Ayo OJEDOKUN Lagos
Minster of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has expressed shock at the poor state of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
He made his views known after his recent inspection tour of the edifice which was once rated as the best of it’s kind in Africa.
He told journalists shortly after the inspection that it is unbelievable that such a national edifice would be allowed to degenerate to that level and wondered why the stadium was turned into a merchandising outfit with shops set up in every nooks and crannies even as he mandated the stadium management to send a report to him, detailing how they allocated shops and shanties in the entire vicinity.
“I am very shocked with what I saw. The stadium has been neglected for so long but we’re definitely going to do something about it.
“I’ve already mandated the stadium management to submit a report to me on how shops and relaxation spots sprang up everywhere at the stadium”, he stressed.
The Minister who defied the heavy down poor to visit the stadium also urged staff of the Lagos Liaison office of the ministry to be dedicated to duty and avoid any acts capable of tarnishing the image of the Sports Ministry just as he promised them of improved welfare.
“My advice to the staff is to be disciplined and take their work serious. They should also que into the next agenda level of the Federal Government and avoid acts capable of tarnishing the image of the Ministry and the company and am assuring them that their welfare will be adequately taken care of”, he said.
He also used the occasion to reaffirm that he is not going to be Minister of Football, promising that all sports will receive equal attention in order to encourage athletes to win laurels for the country.
” I’ve said it on many occasions and immediately I was sworn in by Mr. President that am not going to concentrate on football alone rather , I will ensure that all sports be it athletics, basketball, boxing, wrestling, squash, tennis, table tennis, judo, taekwondo or karate and every other sports will get equal attention”, he promised.