By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Uyo Township Stadium, Udo Umana Street, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State is wearing a new look as remodelling work has resumed at the facility.
Governor Udom Emmanuel had given the marching order for the refurbishment of the sports edifice but work had ceased since March last year following the outbreak of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic which compelled contractors to leave site.
During a visit to the Stadium, Thursday, it was observed that the playing surface had been completely compacted while contractors were working on drainages and sand fillers.
Backhoe excavators and other heavy machinery were seen doing their thing while two truckloads of cement were also being offloaded.
Present to inspect and supervise the goings-on at the facility was the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Uko, who said “His Excellency is committed to the timely completion of all on-going projects in the lifespan of this administration in line with his Completion Agenda which is why we are here”.
“We are embarking on a twin project because work has also resumed at Eket Township Stadium whose reconstruction was almost completed before the outbreak of Covid-19 otherwise these projects would since have been completed”.
“This Stadium is a historic facility which is very dear to Akwa Ibom people and we are committed to giving it the facelift it deserves and transforming it into a 21st-century-compliant structure”. “All the equipment required for the execution of this project are on ground and we are confident of completing this project as soon as possible”, Mr. Uko added.
When completed the remodelled Uyo Township Stadium will not only be home to Akwa Ibom’s second astro turf facility but will also ease the pressure on the usage of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.