The renovated MKO Abiola National stadium Abuja
The MKO Abiola National stadium Abuja recently renovated will be officially handed over to the federal government in November 2021.
The Executive Director of Aron Nigeria Limited, Mr Adedeji Adesoji made this known during the inspection of the project in Abuja.
Mr Adesoji stated that the new scoreboards installed at the stadium is Video Assistant Referee (VAR) compliant.
“We started in August 2020 and we were supposed to finish in 2021 March, but due to some itches, like the drainage had collapsed after several years of not in use, so that took us 3 month to fix, We have changed all the 24 water sprinklers.
“We have fix the scoreboard to international standards, record in time, playback, fast forward, it can also broadcast to the world, and others things.
“The grass is in an advanced stage and we are looking at handing over the pitch to the sports ministry next month hopefully.
“The grass here is the first time is being used in Africa, Platinum TE Paspalum to be used will be the same type FIFA has approved for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
On his part, Director of sports facilities in the ministry of youth and sports development Engr. Muhammad Babakoby reaffirmed the Federal government’s commitment to making good use of the stadium.
“The federal government will ensure that the stadium when fully ready, will host international tournaments, hopefully, we should see the return of the national teams in Abuja soon” he said
In 2020 the Dangote group earmarked 1 million dollars for the renovation of some parts of the 60,000 capacity stadium.
Reporting by Christy Dashe; Editing by Daniel Adejo