As Sports Minister Sunday Dare engages gear to revive sporting infrastructures across Nigeria, several sport enthusiasts have concocted doses of advice for the restoration of the National Sports Stadium, Surulere.
Dare on Tuesday had frowned at the use of the stadium as a business center after announcing the inauguration of a Task Force mandated to curb business activities at the facility.
“Government’s plan to fully concession the Surulere Stadium in a PPP arrangement is ongoing, even as the Ministry seeks to commence some renovation works. It is a sporting infrastructure built by the government and not a Mall or business premises,” Dare stated in his tweet.
While many responded to the Minister’s tweet with encomiums, a Twitter user @TemidayoJnr asked that the edifice be totally lowered and a new stadium reinstated.
“Please can the stadium be pulled down and rebuilt? It is damaged beyond renovation.” Dayo appealed.
However, another user of the social media application appended that Dare’s dreams for the stadium will be aborted in the nearest future if the facility is not committed to active use after its renovation.
“If it not used by a football club or boxing arena trust me 2 years from now we will set up the normal committee we like setting,” @Secamna stated.
The last match hosted at the stadium was in 2004. Since then, the edifice has been left untended.
The 45,000 capacity stadium formerly known as Surulere Stadium hosted the final match of the African Cup of Nations in 1980 between Nigeria and Algeria.