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Premier Lotto to maintain rehabilitated components of National Stadium for two years



Foremost Gaming Company Premier Lotto is to maintain the three components it rehabilitated at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, for two years.

This was revealed on Friday at the National Stadium during the handover of those rehabilitated facilities to the ministry of Sports.

Ken Nwankwo who represented the Chairman of Premier Lotto, Chief Kesington Adebutu, at the brief ceremony said it was with pleasure that that Premier Lotto handed back the facilities – a modern tartan track, new electronic scoreboard and a lush green natural grass football pitch.

Nwankwo stated that the outfit would ensure the three components the company worked on under the ministry’s adopt-a- pitch initiative would remain in good state in the next two year and the company would discuss further with the ministry on other things to be done in future.

Nwankwo said, “It was an easy decision for us to support the ministry because we are also working with the Nigeria Football Federation on a four year deal. We are happy to have done these at the stadium here in Surulere and we will do more in future.

“Our boss, Chief Adebutu, supervised the procurement because he wanted the very best quality in all things.”

In his own remarks, the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, thanked Premier Lotto and expressed delight over the three facilities delivered.

Dare said: “If the previous administration have been working on three or four different areas in the past, the stadium would have been fully back by now.

“We will play a novelty match here soon and an athletics event with few fans will also come up here. Government is a continuous process, we are happy to have started the revival of this great edifice and we expect the next administration to continue from there.”

Four former Nigerian athletics greats were on the track for a 50m race to ‘launch’ the newly laid tartan. They were Mary Onyali, Deji Aliu, Otonye Iworima and Femi Daramola.

Onyali said she was impressed with the new tracks which according to her is better than the old one.

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Sports Minister Hands Over Leadership To Permanent Secretary



The Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has handed over the leadership of the Ministry to the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration ended on Monday. 

At the Handing Over Ceremony held today at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, the Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve his Fatherland. 

He stated that the appointment enabled him to have a better knowledge and understanding of the challenges of governance as well as that of the youth in particular, adding that it also afforded him with the opportunity to  look out ways to profer solutions on complex issues in relation to governance. 

Dare who stated further that the portfolio also afforded him the avenue to encourage Nigerian youth to take up sports as a career for the socio-economic development of the country, called on them to also support the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration for enhanced development of the sector.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar commended Mr. Sunday Dare for his laudable initiatives in the Ministry.

While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration for creating an enabling environment for the sector to thrive, he pledged the support and cooperation of the staff and Management of the Ministry to the in coming Administration led by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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