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Over N21 billion needed to renovate National Stadium in Lagos — Sports Minister

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said that a sum of over N21 billion is needed to renovate the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

In a series of tweets, the Sports Minister disclosed this on Friday, giving updates on ongoing renovation works in the stadium

“What is needed to fix the National Stadium in Surulere after 17 plus years of neglect is in excess of 21 billion naira,” Mr Dare said, adding that only N500 million has been raised from private and government funding.

“Old, damaged and clogged up water drainage systems gutted out and new ones installed. 2nd phase of the tartan tracks installed; awaiting the final phase followed by lane marking. One digital scoreboard as originally fitted into the stadium has been fully installed,” he said.

The stadium was built in 1972 under the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon. It has hosted big sporting events such as the 1973 All African Games and the 1980 African Cup of Nations.

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