HOUSE of Representatives has agreed to probe the N400 million being appropriated to the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. The resolution followed a motion on: ‘Need to interface with Sports Ministry on the Terms/ Conditions of Transfer of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos to the Lagos State Government’ sponsored by Hon. Danburam Abubakar Nuhu. Leading the debate on the floor of the House, Nuhu observed that the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos was the first stadium built by the federal government in 1972 to host the All African Games in 1973. He pointed out that the Stadium, which was one of the critical assets of the federal government, has the capacity to accommodate 45,000 spectators and was structured to host national, regional, continental and international sporting events. The lawmaker recalled that over the years, the stadium was practically abandoned, leading to the dilapidation of the facilities, adding that it took the intervention of the National Sports Commission in 2009 to renovate and upgrade the facilities to a world class stadium. Nuhu revealed that in order to keep up with the maintenance of the stadium, a huge budgetary provision was made annually, adding that in 2016  the sum of N400 million was appropriated for the purpose. He also disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports was at an advanced stage of entering into an agreement with Lagos State Government to take over the stadium. In his contribution, Hon Dennis Agbo  insisted that the process of leasing the stadium should be made open and subjected to a thorough scrutiny. Speaking against the motion, Hon Oghene commended the Lagos State government for taking over the stadium, which had long been in a dilapidated state. In its resolution, the House
mandated its  Committee on Sports to interface with the Sports Ministry on the terms/conditions of agreement under which the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports is seeking to transfer the National Stadium to Lagos State Government.  The committee has two weeks to report back to the House

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