The National Stadium Surulere in Lagos has been temporarily closed down by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, following the collapse of one of its floodlights. Dare gave the directive after inspecting the collapsed floodlight mast and the remaining standing floodlights. The decision was made in the interest of public safety, as the effects of age and weather elements were visible on the other light masts. The concession process towards fully privatizing the stadium, which began last year, will also be expedited to ensure comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade of the 51-year-old edifice.
Thankfully, there were no casualties as a result of the floodlight collapse. However, the minister stressed that extensive restrictions will be imposed around the stadium, and he appealed for cooperation from anyone who may be inconvenienced by the decision. Dare also assured the public that proper assessment and necessary action will be taken soon.
The National Stadium in Lagos has been in existence for over five decades, and it has served as a venue for several national and international sporting events. The decision to fully privatize the stadium was made last year, and the Federal Government is keen on ensuring its comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade.
The concession process is aimed at providing a platform for private sector participation in the management and upgrade of the stadium. The Federal Government, through the ICRC, will ensure that the process is expedited to provide a world-class facility for sports enthusiasts.
The closure of the National Stadium Surulere in Lagos is a necessary step towards ensuring the safety of the public. The Federal Government’s decision to expedite the concession process towards fully privatizing the stadium is a welcome development that will ultimately provide a world-class facility for sports enthusiasts in Nigeria.