Lagos earmarks N12.6 billion for Sports facilities, development -Deji Tinubu

*House of Representatives inquisition is delaying Lagos take over

Lagos State Government has earmarked N12.6 billion for construction and rehabilitation of sports facilities and development this budget year. Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports and Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Tinubu disclosed the huge fund earmarked by the State Government at the weekend at the ongoing ministerial press briefing at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.

Tinubu explained  that N3 billion had also been earmarked for the development of sports in the state in a bid to ensure that Lagos ranked top in sporting development in the country.

He added that the government has committed N9.6 billion for rehabilitation and construction of sports facilities in 2017, aimed at boosting sports participation in the state.

The Special adviser however assured residents of Lagos that government was committed to the planned acquisition of National Stadium, saying, we are waiting for the Federal Government give us the approval to start work on the facility.

Tinubu said the Lagos State Sports Commission Bill passed into law by the State House of Assembly “allows us to be more professional, more specific, more dedicated, dynamic and able to keep up with current and evolving sporting trends in the world.”

It would be recalled that what looked like a personal vendetta against the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, the House of Representatives says it will investigate the terms and conditions of the proposed transfer of National Stadium, Surulere, to Lagos State Government by Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Already, it has mandated its Committee on Sports to investigate the use of budgetary allocations for the maintenance of the stadium in the last five years. The resolution on this emanated from the adoption of a motion by Rep. Danburam Nuhu (Kano-APC) at plenary.

Nuhu had told his colleagues that the ministry was at an advanced stage of entering into agreement with Lagos Government to take over the stadium. He, therefore, urged the House to take urgent steps to ensure that favourable terms and conditions were provided for the take-over.

According to him, to keep up with the maintenance of the stadium, a huge budgetary allocation is made annually. “In 2016 for instance, the sum of N400 million was appropriated for the purpose,’’ Nuhu said.

Rep. James Faleke opposed the motion, arguing that since no formal agreement had been signed by the ministry and Lagos Government, the House had nothing to investigate in the matter.

Similarly, Rep. Oghene Egoh, said rather than shoot the proposal down, the House ought to commend Lagos state for taking steps to revamp the stadium that had been abandoned for years.

“This is a stadium that had been in a bad shape due to poor maintenance over the years; so, I think we should commend the Lagos State Government for the initiative to revamp the facility instead of investigating the terms of the agreement,’’ Egoh said.

However, the House mandated the Committee on Sports to investigate the matter and report back within two weeks. Ever since, it is not yet two weeks yet. The report is still being awaited. We are not sure it will be made public before the second coming of Jesus Christ.

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