Ministry needs N21bn to fix Lagos stadium – Dare

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said the National Stadium, Lagos will require a staggering N21bn before it can be completely renovated.

Dare took to his Twitter handle on Friday to give updates on the work ongoing at the sporting arena, while also mentioning the state at which he met the edifice upon his appointment into the office.

“The National Stadium Surulere, Lagos: Just the Facts. Not Fallacies,” he began

“Upon assumption of office in 2019, I met the National Stadium in a completely run down state. Left to rot for almost 17 plus years. No renovations (or) upgrades. Illegal occupants had taken over. The Illegal occupants had  distorted the original plan. We immediately set down to work at the ministry. First,the task force removed all illegal occupants and locked out miscreants. Next we sought funding from private partners as budget allocation was insufficient.

Dare also posted pictures on his social media page showing the state at which he met it and the progress the ministry had made, while also stating that they would need about $45m to fix the stadium after the disrepair.

“What is needed to fix the National Stadium Surulere after 17 plus years of neglect is in excess of 21 billion naira, about 45 million dollars, of which we have just about 500m naira from private and government funding. There is a limit to what can be fixed,” the 56-year-old wrote.

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