After years of neglect, there are hopes that the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos may be getting a facelift soon following the inauguration of a Ministerial Task Force that would oversee the process.
Speaking during the inauguration of the task force, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said the committee is mandated to help the government restore the lost glory of the edifice.
This comes after the minister also announced that plans are ongoing to fully concession the Surulere Stadium in a private partnership arrangement.
“The Moshood Abiola, Ahmadu Bello, Awolowo National stadiums shall be put to best use. Abuja and Kaduna are at an advanced stage. Lagos has approval for concession. Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to the place,” Dare said.
The committee is mandated to carry out an audit of approved tenants, verify details of tenancy agreements, come up with a list of all approved and unapproved physical structures and approved construction as well as a list of all squatters and their business.
In addition, the task force will be responsible for conducting a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.
The newly inaugurated committee will be headed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry of youth and Sports, Gabriel Aduda, and is made up of 13 members drawn from the Ministry and the organized private sector.
The task force has three weeks to complete its assignment.