By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group (WIPMG) has appealed to Delta state government to probe the circumstances that led to FIFA’s decision to cancel the usage ofÂ Warri Township Stadium as one of the venues for hosting of the Under-17 World Cup.
WIPMG, through a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Patrick Bigha, recalled that when the FIFA officials came, members of the Sports Committee that was set up by Delta state government were complaining that the state may lose the opportunity of being one of the centers for the hosting of the soccer tournament due to the crisis in Gbaramaturu then.
â€œBut when the FIFA officials came for inspection, it was now discovered that the funds budgeted to the committee were not judiciously used when flood took over the stadium after a heavy down pour.
â€œIt was after the incident that FIFA decided to cancel Warri stadium as one of the stadiums to be used for the tournament,â€ it said.
â€œWe are glad Warri was now cancelled, not because of the war in the creeks, but as a result of the inefficiency of the committee saddled with the responsibility of upgrading the stadium with the funds that was released to them.
â€œ It is sad that irrespective of the fact that the committee disregarded the sufferings of their people and insisted in pursuing the hosting right, even though we believe that the common man in the state will not benefit from the hosting, yet they were not able to achieve any.
â€œNow FIFA found out that the pitch was not good, which was the fault of the committee and that is why we are asking the Delta state government to probe the committee because we are aware that millions of naira were made available to them, yet they failed the people of the stateâ€ it stated.