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Opinion divided over decision to rebuild Lagos National Stadium

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Driving past the National Stadium in Lagos, one is left pondering its current state. Is it completely abandoned, serving as a refuge for destitutes, or has it become a gathering place for aspiring athletes utilizing the remnants to pursue their dreams? The stadium has been largely non-functional for more than 15 years due to the inadequate maintenance of its facilities.

In April of this year, Sunday Dare, who previously held the position of Minister of Sports under Muhammadu Buhari, took the step of temporarily closing the stadium. This decision was prompted by the collapse of one of the massive floodlights at the venue, which crumbled in the middle during a windstorm. More alarmingly, Dare disclosed that a significant portion of the stands was in a precarious condition and faced the risk of collapsing.

The current Minister of Sports Development, John Owan-Enoh, has hinted at the possibility of the Federal Government demolishing the stadium for reconstruction to restore its functionality. Owan-Enoh, who had earlier considered the concession of the facility, emphasized that the government would pursue a course of action that revitalizes the nearly dormant structure.

Regarding the economic feasibility of such a decision during the current financial constraints, opinions diverge. Latifat Adebayo-Ohio, a reporter at Making of Champions, supports the idea, asserting that the old structure with outdated architecture should be replaced with a modern stadium that can serve future generations. She also deems the last cost of remodeling the structure as unrealistic, leaving building a modern stadium as the most viable option.

However, Wale Agbede, the Head of Sports at Plus TV, holds a different perspective, opposing the reconstruction of the Lagos National Stadium. He argues that successive governments have not shown the needed commitment or investment required for its revival. Instead, he suggests exploring the option of private investment, proposing the conversion of the stadium into a multipurpose facility for commercial activities. Agbede highlights the success of similar transformations, citing Arsenal’s conversion of Highbury into a shopping plaza, emphasizing the need for a pragmatic approach to maximize the asset’s potential.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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