The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has proposed the sum of 81 million naira for the clearing of grasses at MKO Abiola National Stadium situated at Abuja.
The stadium which was built in 2003 was constructed with the tune of 53 billion naira.
In a one-day seminar brought to take place by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, (SWAN, FCT Chapter), the honorable minister, Sunday Dare said the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEBP) had made the necessary cost assessment for the project.
“We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.”
“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,” he said.