Sokoto State Government is planning to construct an Olympic size stadium in the state capital in the nearest future in order to fast-track sports development.
Sokoto plans Olympic size stadium, says Tambuwal
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the construction site of the Giginya Memorial Sports Complex, Sokoto, in preparation for the hosting of the National Under-12 and Under-15 handball competitions.
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing the enabling environment for the promotion of sporting activities in the state so that it could reclaim its position in sports globally.
According to him, the state government would not relent in its efforts at providing ultra-modern sports environment for sports men and women in the state to display their talents.
Expressing satisfaction with the quality of the construction of sports courts and pavilions at the stadium, the Governor directed the state ministry of youths and sports development to make a modest submission for the provision of a modern track in the stadium to boost athletic competitions.
Conducting the governor round the sports complex, the Director of the firm handling the project, Masallem Engineering Nigeria Limited, Abuja, Danjuma Masu, said that handball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, lawn tennis and para-soccer courts are being constructed in the complex.
He further said that the dressing room, referees changing room and media gallery are also being provided.
Masu assured the governor that adequate security measures have been put in place for the maintenance of the facilities at the complex.
Also briefing the governor, the state commissioner for youths and sports development, Alhaji Aminu Bala Bodinga, said all the sprinklers in the stadium pitch that have been out of use for over 12 years have been reactivated.