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  • News - South West - Lagos
  • Updated: April 22, 2023

Sports Minister Speaks Following FG's Closure Of National Stadium

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has shared an insight into the federal government's decision to close the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State.

The closure was announced by Dare on Saturday and he disclosed that it is due to the collapse of a floodlight mast.

He gave the update after inspecting the mast during a scheduled visit to the Stadium on Friday.

According to Dare, he gave the order for the stadium to be closed to avert any unforeseen circumstances.

“Thank God there was no casualty. I also inspected the three other light masts and the effects of age and weather elements were visible, clearly, they are also a suspect after 51 years.

Sunday Dare

“Based on my assessment, advice of experts and in the interest of public safety, there will be a temporary closure of the stadium and surrounding facilities; proper assessment and necessary action will be taken soon.

“The concession process towards fully privatising the Surulere stadium which began last year will be expedited by the Federal Government through the ICRC towards a comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade of the 51 years old edifice.

“We have decided to be on the side of caution, hence the decision to impose extensive restrictions around the stadium.

“We request the cooperation of anyone who this decision may inconvenience as we cannot ascertain the reality on the ground,” he stated.

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