…As Sports Minister announces CAF certification of Abuja national stadium for Int’l marches
By Luminous Jannamike, ABUJA
Billionaire Businessman and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, on Thursday, visited the newly renovated MKO Abiola Stadium pitch, adopted by him under the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare’s Adopt-a-Pitch initiative.
The serial entrepreneur, whose company, Dangote Industries Group, sponsored the rehabilitation of the pitch, expressed satisfaction with the job done, as he was conducted round the pitch with the sprinklers working perfectly, and the two Digital score-boards beaming live.
Speaking, Dangote assured the Sports Minister of his continued support.
He said, “You can rest assured of our continued support. You can always knock on our doors. We shouldn’t allow our Stadia to collapse.
“Nigerians have a very strong love for sports, so I think we need to complement Government’s efforts to ensure that everything works,” he added.
In his remarks, the Minister equally expressed appreciation to Dangote for accepting to adopt the Moshood Abiola Stadium, stating that he was the first to embrace the Ministry’s Adopt-a-Pitch initiative.
“I want to thank you for investing in the development of our Sports and the fruit of that partnership has blossomed into what we see here today.
“I would like to inform you that we have just received CAF certification of this Stadium for international matches, which means that the World Cup qualifiers, will be played here. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support,” Dare emphasised.
Vanguard Sports reports that the revamped MKO Abiola Stadium is complete with nursery beds, two digital scoreboards, 24 Sprinklers and two-year maintenance, as part of the contract sponsored by Dangote Industries under the Adopt-a-Pitch Public-Private Partnership initiative of the Ministry.
Moreover, the Daura Stadium Katsina has also been completed, while National Stadium Lagos amongst others have been adopted, and are at different stages of completion.