New, world-class Lekan Salami Stadium almost ready, says Makinde
Governor promises better facilities for youth, economy development
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has disclosed that reconstruction work on the Lekan Salami Stadium would soon be ready. The governor has also promised to employ sports as a tool to address youth restiveness and crime in the state.
Speaking at the weekend after inspecting on-going work on the Akobo-General Gas Flyover, the 21-kilometre Ajia-Airport-New Ife Expressway Road, which links Amuloko and the Lekan Salami Sport Complex remodelling projects, the governor said his administration would continue to improve sport facilities to empower youths and develop Oyo’s economy.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done by the contractors at Lekan Salami Stadium, saying that the scope of the projects was well covered.
Makinde revealed that the Lekan Salami Sport Complex was being upgraded to FIFA standard, with four world-class changing rooms with capacity for 25 players and wet areas with capacity for 11 players at a time.
He listed other new facilities in the complex to include Doping Control Room, Clinic, Referee’s Room, Match Officials Room and a Youth Centre/Ball Boys Rooms.
The governor said the stadium has also, in line with FIFA requirement, been equipped with state-of-the-art Studio, including CCTV facilities that can monitor five-kilometre radius away from the complex and as far as the Ibadan Airport.
He also disclosed that the stadium is being equipped with world-class gadgets that would link it with about four other stadia within and outside Ibadan.
The governor said the facility also has a newly constructed training pitch, a multipurpose hall for basketball, volleyball and handball, a new squash hall and a 50 by 30 metres multipurpose hall complete with a centre court for gymnastics, boxing, judo, kickboxing that would help the diversification into other sporting activities.
According to him, “the scope is well covered and we have made quite some progress. Also, the schedule is being followed.
“I will say I am excited and I look forward to the official opening, which has now been pushed to September 1.
“When I was campaigning, people asked me questions about job opportunities for our youths and I said discovering sporting talents is one way of engaging our youths. And this is one of such projects that can enable us to achieve that.
“Also, we want to be on the map internationally by hosting international sporting events, not just football. We have seen the centre courts for tennis, swimming pool project and the facilities for volleyball, boxing, kick-boxing and the rest.”
The governor promised to utilise sports to develop the economy of the state, saying: “We want to keep coming here every week by God’s grace to watch Shooting Stars play in the National Premier League and to also play competitions in Africa.
“We also want Shooting Stars to go on and play the World Club Cup competition, which I know is not beyond us.
“We have to bring development to our people, to our city and our state. That was why we were elected in the first place.”
He revealed that some of the projects were nearing completion, explaining, “we wanted to check and be sure that, indeed, what we have on ground matches the report I have been getting. And I can tell you that I am quite impressed with the contractor.”