Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced plans to build 10 new stadiums by his administration in the state.
Sanwo-Olu made this known when he received Africa’s No.1 table tennis player, Quadri Aruna, in his office recently.
The Governor pledged his support for the table tennis star’s foundation and rendered eulogies at Aruna for being a model to the younger generation.
“I am impressed with your performance across the globe and we are happy to receive you in Lagos. We believe we can produce more Quadri Arunas for Nigeria in Lagos State and we are in the process of constructing 10 stadiums across the state because we believe creating a conducive environment for sports to thrive is key to producing superstars in sports. We will continue to support and hope that more superstars can come through these efforts,” the Lagos state governor said.
Aruna in his statement said Lagos had provided platforms for most athletes in Nigeria to showcase their skills to the world.
He applauded the state for its strong support for the annual ITTF-sanctioned Nigeria Open, which attracts other stars from all continents.
“I am happy to meet with you as I am here to thank you for the efforts you have been making to improve the fortunes of sports in Lagos.
“I am also expressing my appreciation to you for providing the platforms for athletes like me to showcase my talents to the world through the Nigeria Open, which I have won twice.
“I am hoping that through my academy, I can partner the state in mentoring more athletes that can exceed what athletes like me have achieved globally,” Aruna said.