According to Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the National Stadium in Lagos would be temporarily closed.
According to Newsmen, Dare made this statement on Friday after evaluating the extent of the damage brought on by the Wednesday night failure of the stadium’s floodlights.
The minister also set aside some time to examine the national stadium’s failing facilities, including the stadium’s final three floodlights.
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Additionally, he said that the floodlight collapse area has been sealed off and that the stadium’s main bowl area will be temporarily closed in order to prevent similar mishaps.
The minister wrote on Twitter: “Friday at 7 AM, I inspected the floodlight mast that broke in half & collapsed from the rainstorm last Wednesday. Thank God there was no casualty. I also inspected the 3 other light masts & the effects of age & weather elements were visible.
“Clearly they are also suspect after 51 years. Based on my assessment, advice of experts, and in the interest of public safety, the ministry will announce shortly the temporary closure of the stadium and surrounding facilities for proper assessment and necessary action.
“The concession process towards fully privatizing the Surulere stadium, which began last year, will be expedited by the Federal Government through the ICRC towards a comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade of the 51 years old edifice.
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“We have decided to err on the side of caution, hence the decision to impose extensive restrictions around the stadium. We request the cooperation of anyone who this decision may inconvenience as we cannot the reality on the ground.”
General Yakubu Gowon built the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, in 1972, according to news reports. The stadium has been allowed to deteriorate over time after hosting a few international games.
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