The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday dare has revealed that it will cost the ministry N81m to cut the grass and remove the weeds that have taken over the National Stadium MKO Abiola in Abuja.
He said this recently while speaking during the one-day seminar organized by the FCT chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN).
According to him, the ministry approached the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for an assessment at the stadium, which was built in 2003 with N53 billion on 29 hectares (72 acres) of land.
The stadium is divided into Package A which houses the Main Bowl and Package B which houses other facilities such as basketball courts, NFF office, volleyball courts, tennis courts, squash courts.
“We approached the AEPB to see what can be done to clean the grass and weeds in the stadium and they said it would cost us N81m.
“If we tell Nigerians that we use N81m, which is not even available, there will be a protest. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to reclaim key components of our infrastructure.,” he said.