FG To Turn National Stadium To Wembley Standard – Sports Minister

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Mr. Sunday Dare

The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has reiterated the commitment of the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government to upgrade all stadia and sports facilities across the country, including the National Stadium which will be rebranded to Wembley standard.

According to him:

‘’we are determined to upgrade the National Stadium to Wembley, we can have a Wembley here if we are committed together with all the stakeholders’ to make sure that we bring the standard to the state of Wembley’’.

The Minister confirmed this in Lagos alongside with his host, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu during facilities inspection visits to the National Stadium; Teslim Balogun and Onikan stadia in preparation for the FIFA inspection Team, as Nigeria bids for the hosting right of FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament next year.

Mr. Sunday Dare commended the Lagos Governor, who, in spite of the heavy rains, responded to the clarion call towards reinstating and restoring the glory of the nation’s dilapidated sports facilities across the country, including the National Stadium.

Confirming the stadia facilities inspecting visit as historical, the Minister stated that the nation is about to witness next level development as the present government is committed to upgrading; manage and effectively maintain sporting facilities in the nation.

According to Governor Sanwo-Olu ‘’what we are taking away from here is that the two organs of the federal government and Lagos state government have agreed that they will work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, and by extension the two government agencies i.e. BPE and ICRC will tell us the process that we must embark upon to ensure that a transparent process is being acted upon.

So that we, as Lagos state government, who have indicated interest to manage these stadia/facilities and turn it into viable assets for our teeming youths, more so to the development of the sporting future of our dear country ’

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