Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the state is ready to help the Federal Government to rehabilitate the National Stadium, Lagos.
According to him, the Federal Government has agreed to work with the state government towards concessioning the stadium.
“Lagos has indicated its interest to help manage and bring back the dead assets that we have there and turn them into a viable asset for our teeming youths,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor promised that the stadium would be rehabilitated soon.
“We just need to do a lot more to revamp it, put it into use and monitor how it is managed,” he said.
He said the state government was committed to making the stadium ready for the second FIFA inspection team’s visit.
Sanwo-Olu said the government was working with security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure a smooth FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for 2020.
The Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, said the Federal Government would collaborate with the state government to accelerate the process of concessioning the National Stadium.
Dare said this during the inspection of the National Stadium, Teslim Balogun Stadium and Onikan Stadium in Lagos on Saturday.
He noted that there could be no sports development without good facilities.
According to him, the inspection is in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring that stadiums in the country were properly maintained.
Dare said, “Today is historical because we are seeing the next level in sports development in the country.
“There is no sports development without facilities; hence we need to maintain our facilities. We need to upgrade them and we need to manage them properly.
“What you see today is the first step towards maintaining what is a national monument.”
The minister said the plan was to renovate and upgrade the National Stadium to an international standard.