Sports Minister orders closure of National Stadium Lagos

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Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, announced the temporary closure of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, on Saturday due to the collapse of a floodlight pole.

Dare revealed this in a statement following an inspection of the collapsed floodlight mast.

Dare paid a scheduled visit to the stadium on Friday, pledging to make his position known after careful consideration.

He stated that there had been no casualties.

However, following the tour of the stadium, the minister ordered its closure to avoid any unanticipated occurrences.

“Based on my assessment, expert advice, and the interest of public safety, the stadium and surrounding facilities will be temporarily closed; proper assessment and necessary action will be taken soon.”

“The Federal Government will expedite the concession process for fully privatizing the Surulere stadium, which began last year, through the ICRC toward a comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade of the 51-year-old edifice.”

“We’ve decided to err on the side of caution, which is why we’ve imposed extensive restrictions around the stadium.”

“We request the cooperation of anyone who this decision may inconvenience because we cannot ascertain the reality on the ground,” the minister stated.

(NAN)

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