Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare has pledged that the Moshood Abiola national stadium main bowl pitch will be re-grassed and rehabilitated to world-class standard by April 2021.
The minister made the pledge on Wednesday in Abuja at the handover ceremony of the pitch to the contractor for the re-grassing, fixing of scoreboards and rehabilitation of the main bowl.
Recall that the minister had in Nov. 2019 announced a partnership with Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the rehabilitation of the stadium.
The initial plan was to have the stadium ready by March but the outbreak of the global Coronavirus and some contractual details stalled the take-off of the project.
Dare while handing over the project to the contractor said the feat will bring back the stadium to global reckoning as the citadel of sporting excellence.
“It gives me great honour to welcome you all to the handing over ceremony of the main bowl pitch of the Moshood Abiola National stadium to the Contractor, Aron Nig. Ltd. for the rehabilitation works.
“This is in fulfilment of our promise to restore this great edifice as a citadel of sporting excellence and an action spot for our sportsmen and women,” he said.