Dilapidated Stadiums due to Inadequate Maintenance Funding by Fed Govt – Adamu
Dilapidated National Stadiums in Nigeria have been attributed to inadequate release of funding from the federal government for their proper maintenance.
Former Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Amos Adamu, said this while speaking at a seminar to mark the end of 2015 Kaduna Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, recently, with the theme; “Grassroots Sports as a Basis for Sports Development” held on Wednesday.
He decried the state of decay of the national stadium as not being lack of poor maintenance culture believed to be the habit of a Nigerian man, but rather as a result of government not paying attention to funding.
He cited an example of the national stadium in Lagos where he said, “When it was completed, the federal government gave Julius Berger N1.5billion annually for its maintenance, but when it was handed over to a Nigerian, only N200million was given for maintenance, which is grossly inadequate.”
“If you give us even half of the amount given to them, the stadium would be properly maintained,” he added.
Commenting on grassroots sport development, Adamu said, more needs to be done, emphasizing that sporting facilities need to be provided right from primary schools to higher institutions.
He lamented that, “In this country, no secondary school has even a track field; in the university, not more than five in Nigeria have it, but when you go to America, most of the schools have such facilities.”
He noted that what the country needs is to practically develop grassroots sports and the impact would be 100 percent better and felt on the international scene.
The ceremony featured awards and medal presentations to winners of various games held within the week.
Earlier, at the commencement of the SWAN Week, there was inter-media games for journalists across the 12 chapels of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna state council in table tennis, scrabbles and athletics (50m, 100m and sprint relay), respectively.