Buhari orders closure of National Stadium in Lagos

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The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has announced the temporary closure of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, issued the directive in a statement on Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Recall that the Minister had, on Friday, paid a scheduled visit to the stadium for an on-the-tour assessment of the collapsed floodlight mast.

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Speaking to newsmen after the tour, the Minister ordered the closure of the stadium to avert any unforeseen circumstances.

“Thank God there was no casualty. I also inspected the three other light masts and the effects of age and weather elements were visible, clearly, they are also a suspect after 51 years.

“Based on my assessment, advice of experts and in the interest of public safety, there will be a temporary closure of the stadium and surrounding facilities; proper assessment and necessary action will be taken soon.

“The concession process towards fully privatising 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 be 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 ascertain the reality on the ground,” Dare concluded.

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