The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, said that the ministry is set to privatize the Moshood Abiola National stadium in Abuja.
The sports minister disclosed this yesterday during the inspection of the facilities at the Abuja Stadium, who was taken through the master plan of the stadium by the ministry’s Director of Facilities Mr, Gambo Usman alongside the Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola.
Dare said that the ministry has placed the renovation of the national stadium to the state of the art facilities as top priority adding that Nigerians should expect the Super Eagles play in Abuja soon.
“We are going to be innovative to see how we can get extra funding, and how we can privatize the football pitch, I don’t want to put a timeline, but it’s sufficient to say that is right at the top of our agenda, because we know it takes some time and Nigerians are interesting to See Super Eagles play in Abuja, the stadium will be ready soon” he said.
“I look at the page this afternoon and I looked at revenue generating possibilities through advertising, we see that in international stadia where different companies advertise at the same time and a lot of revenue can come from there, we are thinking outside the box beyond what we get from our budget”.
“We can also generate some level of revenue, but the most important is for us to generate interest in the usage of this world class facilities and once we do that it will serve as a magnet of areas that we can generate revenue.
“The fact that the velodrome is functional, that is what we should expect from all the facilities around the stadium and other facilities in the country”.
He further stated that other sports will get equal attention as football.
“I understand that soccer is loved by most Nigerians, but in the same breath badminton cycling, Tennis and other sports will all get equal attention”.
“We will find a way to make sure that beyond football we will also get others sports up to speed, we have been charged to look for innovative ways to be able to generate funds for our ministry”.
Dare also used the opportunity to charged team Nigeria who are currently competing at the All Africa Games in Morocco to do the nation proud.
“We have done well in badminton, I know we are on our way to win the biggest laurel in Tennis, my message to them is that this country stands behind you and we are proud of your as an ambassador.”
“We believe in your talents and Nigeria are rooting for you, in Morocco to do us proud and I wish them the very best as they compete with other athletes from different countries” he concluded.