By Daniel Gumm
WARRI â€” Delta State House of Assembly has been urged to prevail on the state government to demand a detailed explanation from FIFA why Warri Stadium was excluded from the centres for the U-17 World Cup, tagged: Nigeria 2009.
The Niger Delta Peace Initiative (NDPI) in a statement, signed by its Chairman, Chief John Agabi, and Mr. Matthew Itsekure, state Co-ordinator, respectively, noted that as â€œa result of what we stand to lose and the pain the exclusion of Warri Stadium is causing the people, we are, therefore, calling on the state House of Assembly, as a matter of urgency, to compel the state government to make a formal complaint to FIFA through the Local Organising Committee to compensate Delta State for the money spent in putting the state-of-the-art facilities in place at the Warri Stadium.
The group added that FIFA should also apologise to the people of Delta State.
The group said if other centres like Enugu and Kano that were not fully ready just as Warri, could be given more days to enable them finish work and put necessary facilities in place why was Warri denied the same opportunity.
On security, NDPI said â€œif FIFA is excluding Warri Stadium from hosting the U-17 World Cup â€” Nigeria 2009 based on security reason, we say that FIFA does not have the justification if Bauchi, Kano and Kaduna are chosen as venues considering the recent crisis that engulfed those states and other parts of the North as a result of the Boko Haram war which resulted in loss of lives and property worth billions of naira.â€