Ogun Signs MoU For Stadia Upgrading0
THE Ogun State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Funturf International at upgrading its sporting facilities to meet world-class standards.
The state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Gbenga Otenuga, disclosed that the partners would construct two 5-a-side astroturf pitches as well as the first of its kind children’s fun factory at the M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
Otenuga said the project was another testimony to the importance which the state government attaches to sports development and recreational activities.
According to him, the project tagged “Legacy Project” is a 10-year Build, Finance Operate and Transfer (BFOT) arrangement and would not only contribute immensely to sports development, but would have facilities to enable individuals, sports lovers and families to mix sports with fun.
He stated that the huge investment of the state government in sports development had been yielding dividends, pointing out that currently among others, the state was currently participating the national primary school football champion, cricket champion at school, intermediate and senior levels and had produced Olympians for the country in athletics, boxing, basketball and table tennis.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public-Private Partnership, Dr Tunde Sodade noted that the project would generate employment for jobless youths in the state.
He added that the development would also create a platform for recreation healthy living and subsequently serve generate income for government.
The Senior Special Assistant on Trade and Investment, Mrs Nike Aboderin enthused that the facilities would meet the need of fun seekers and urged the partner to provide high quality facilities in line with “Ogun Standard”.
The Managing Director of FUNTurf International, Mr Olumide Mabawonku revealed that the project would be completed in 90 days.
He assured of executing a quality job that would meet the expectation of both partners.
The state government had earlier this year held talks with an Italy-based sports equipment making company, Mondor International, with a view to re-laying and re-surfacing tracks and turfs of the basketball pitch among others.
Source: Nigerian Tribune