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By Sola Isola – Ibadan

The Federal Government has stated that repair works on the roof and fixing the grasses of the main bowl of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium,  formerly known as Liberty Stadium, Ibadan, will begin next week.

Mr Segun Oke, the Director of Procurement, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sport Development, gave the assurance when the House of Representatives Committee on  Youths and Sports Development paid an assessment visit to the stadium.

The House Committee was led the Deputy Chairman,  House Committee on Sports,  Hon. Olalekan Rasheed Afolabi. Other members of the committee on the visit were Hon. Taiwo Adewale representing Ibarapa East /Ido federal constituency and Hon. Ogene Egoh, from  Amuwo Odofin federal constituency, Lagos. 

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Oke assured Nigerians that the repair works and fixing of the main bowl would begin in November adding that the process of the contractor would be completed within one week.

It was gathered that the repair of the roof and fixing of the grasses at the main bowl of the sport complex are in the 2021 budget.

Oke also assured Nigerians that the budget would not be rolled over. He said that after the completion of the items in the budget,  the next phase of work at the stadium would be captured in the next  budgets

“I can assure that what is budgeted for the stadium in the 2021 budget will not be rolled over. We are completing the process next week.  After the completion of the process,  the contractor will move to the  site immediately.

“The way we are moving, as I am speaking with you now, my staff are going to sleep in the office throughout this weekend because we want to make sure we complete the process next week.

“I am giving you  assurance that we are completing the process next week by the grace of God. We are assuring the National Assembly and the whole nation that this place will wear a new look”, he said.

Speaking to Journalists after assessing the facility, the Deputy Chairman of  House Committee on Sports, Hon.Afolabi, told journalists that the committee members came to the stadium to see things for themselves.

He said “We are here  to inspect the state of Liberty Stadium, to see if any job has commenced or not,  because we have appropriated money for the replacement of the roof which was in the 2021 budget.

“We came here physically to see things for ourselves and get the assurance from those who are in charge of the Ministry of Sports Development  as regards the starting of the renovation of the roof and grazing of the main bowl. 

“By now, we expected the contractor to have been on site. So, we are here now to see what is happening and ask some questions from the head of the team here, the Ministry of Youths and Sports to tell us the position of things as regards the renovation of roofing and some other parts of the stadium which are inside the 2021 budget.

“The Director of Procurement has given us the assurance that the contractor process will be completed within the next one week and will ensure that the contractor moves to the site immediately and will be mobilized.

“They have promised us that the roofing of this shed will be completed by the end of this year.  We are looking at  between November and December which is a cycle of two months,  this place will wear a new look and the grazing will wear a new look.

“This is one of the heritages of sports in this country.  We know very soon,  things will change for better.  We are working assiduously  at the National Assembly to ensure that adequate provision is made in the budget  for sports infrastructure and to  engage the youth to curb restiveness among them”, he said.

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