Thursday, March 28, 2013

Current state of the Abuja National Stadium: Reptiles and weeds take over the Stadium


The appalling condition of Sports facilities in Nigeria is something to worry about; the Abuja National Stadium is no exception. The stadium which serves as a home to the Nigerian national football team as well as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events has recently become unrecognizable. The Stadium was constructed for about $360 million in 2003  to host the 8th edition of the All African Games, and ever since, maintenance has become the primary reason for the present state of its appearance.

Nigerian Senate President, David Mark cited the Abuja National Stadium as a case study in the bad state of the Sports industry, he also stressed that the edifice had been taken over by reptiles and weeds due largely to lack of attention by the government.
The Senate President spoke on Tuesday during debates on a Bill for an Act to Repeal the Nigerian Football Association Act Cap. N110 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Enact the Nigerian Football Federation Act 2013 to provide for football administration in Nigeria which was sponsored by Senate Committee Chairman on Sports and Social Development, Senator Ibrahim Gumba, PDP, Bauchi South.

Following his statement concerning the present state of the sports industry in the nation,  particularly of some sports facilities, Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, has given assurances that the Abuja National Stadium, will be ready for the Super Eagles match in June.
Although the stadium still remains in poor condition, Abdullahi explains why there has been a delay in the rehabilitation of the facility.
“The delay in the grass planting has nothing to do with funds. We have signed this contract and paid. The contractor had issues getting the right grass for the pitch that is the reason the work has slowed down,” the minister said.

Hopefully, the stadium will be ready and set for the Super Eagles who are slated for a home game between June 21 and 23 in the 2014 Championship of African Nations qualifiers. The Eagles played their last home game at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar Nigeria.

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