By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare on Sunday in Ibadan disclosed that the Federal Government wants to bring back the stadia in Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos and Ibadan as part of its efforts at transforming the nation’s sports sector .
The Minister stated this while speaking with newsmen shortly after inspecting facilities at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (formerly Liberty Stadium ).
According to the Minister, once the sporting facilities are back at the stadia, “we can have such championships coming back to Ibadan,”
He stressed that the planned transformation of the sports sector is to be carried out through Public Private Partnership (PPP).
“We can bring back the glory. You know sports is a big business globally. We are going to look at the new business model we have built around sports. We want to bring back Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos and Ibadan. Once we bring back these facilities, we can have such championships coming back to Ibadan,” he said.
Mr Dare added that there are plans underway towards bringing activities back to stadia across the country and that the ministry’s first assignment was to ensure the right facilities are in place.
“I am really impressed that we have such a structure built over 64 years ago. It is still standing, but it has suffered years of neglect and lack of maintenance. We have seen here that efforts has been made in the past few years, but we have seen that efforts of upgrading, maintenance and management has not been sufficient enough.
I have seen the indoor sports hall, main bowl, swimming pool and training pitches”.
“I have seen that we need to inject some fund and bring this place back to work. We are going to work on our new public private partnership model,”
Speaking further, he stressed that his Ministry is to adopt-a-sports centre and adopt-an-athlete at bringing the private sector to fix some of the facilities he said, ” when we complete the detailed programme. We intend to invite the private sector to adopt the pitches and fix them. I am sure on an incremental basis, you will see the efforts of the ministry and the private sector.
“We can bring back the glory. You know sports is a big business globally. We are going to look at the new business model we have built around sports. “.