By; Ayo Ojedokun, Lagos.
Members of the Senate Committee on Privatization have expressed shock at the state of the National Stadium Lagos with a declaration that the stadia need a complete turnaround.
The Vice Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abdulahi Yahaya, after leading some members of the committee to inspect facilities at the stadium recently in Lagos, told NNSports that it is worrisome that such a national edifice has been allowed to deteriorate at an alarming rate.
“Looking at the state of the stadium, one will know that it is a national edifice that needs adequate attention and we are not happy with the way we saw it” he stressed.
Senator Yahaya who was accompanied on the visit by Senator Shaaba Lafiaji and the Acting Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprise, Vincent Akpotaire noted that having seen what is on ground, they will engage stakeholders to look at the best way government can rehabilitate the stadia.
“Looking at the amount of resources that has gone into this national edifice, we are not happy with the way we saw it because it is one national institution that must be taken care of and as such we shall write our report based on what we saw.
“We are going to present our report to the Senate and engage stakeholders from both government and private sector to look at the place and fashion out the best way government can rehabilitate the facility and put it to adequate use”, he concluded.
Conducting members round the facilities, the stadium manager, Mr Abolore Alamun who took them through the swimming pool, Indoor Sports Hall, Main bowl of the National Stadium, the Legacy Pitch and table tennis hall and other facilities at the stadium, charged the stadium management to make adequate use of funds available to them to keep the place going.