Nigeria’s 35th Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Friday took an inspection tour of the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
Dare, who was newly sworn in by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday had promised to reinvent the sporting industry in Nigeria.
Dare said that the turf of the MKO Abiola Stadium was a big concern to Nigerians, adding that big matches are needed to be played at the complex. “We have some matches to play, especially by the Super Eagles, and Nigerians want to know the duration it will take to fix the turf. Is it going to be in days, weeks, months to complete work on the turf?,” Dare asked.
The Sports Minister also said: “We are going to be innovative in trying to see how we can get extra funding. We are going to privatise the football pitch. I don’t want to put a timeline, but it is at the top of the agenda because we know it is taking some time and Nigerians are interested and want these matches to be played here.”

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I’m going to be a minister for youth development and sports development. 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.
Speaking further, Dare said reiterated his commitment to developing sports in Nigeria while expressing his satisfaction at Africa’s only velodrome.
“The fact that the velodrome is functionally, that is what we should expect from all the facilities around the stadium, and other facilities in the country.
“We committed to youths and sports development; we have been charged to look for innovative ways to be able to generate funds for our ministry,” he concluded

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