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Sports minister Sunday Dare cries out, says Surulere Stadium is not a shopping mall



Nigeria’s Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare has lame that the National Sports Stadium situated at Surulere, Lagos State was not constructed for business purposes.

The facility which was built and commissioned in December 1972 by then-Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon has deteriorated over the years due to poor maintenance and neglect and has become a thriving hub for myriads of businesses.

In a bid to restore sanity to the stadium, Dare in a statement through his official Twitter handle announced his inauguration of a Task Force mandated to regulate business activities at the sports facility.

“Today, I inaugurated the Task Force on the verification of the businesses in the National Stadium Surulere. This is a first step towards the reopening of the stadium but also meant to restore some sanity to the stadium ahead of the concession.”

The Task Force which has 3 weeks to complete its assignment will screen all occupants and also identify all illegal structures within the Stadium. The screening and activities of the Task Force will be done in accordance with the rule of law and will be uncompromising.

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