Monday, May 16

Reports Of My Plan To Use N81M To Cut Grass At Moshood Abiola Stadium, Misleading – Minister, Sunday Dare

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*Says fixing Sports infrastructure more important

Frankie Omokhua

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has emphasized that  spending scarce resources to fix sporting infrastructure is more important than spending money to cut the grass  around the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The Minister believes merely carrying out the cutting of grass would amout to not just  gross waste of scarce resources, but, misplacement  of priorities.

According to reports, this clarifications became necessary following  a misleading and out of context newspaper report that the  minister had said  a proposed amount of N81m was received by the Ministry.

In a statement made known on Sunday by the Minister’s Media Adviser, John Joshua Akanji, said the headline by the author of the story was not only misleading, but, incongruous with the content.

“It has become imperative and a necessity to clear the air on the misleading headline by a newspaper that the Minister would spend N81 Million to clear grass at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja”.

“What the Minister  said was that it would be wrong and a misplaced priority to spend a huge amount  to cut grass when there are so many other competing  matters that need to be attended to”.

The Minister said, “A one time clearing of the stadium would cost N81million. If i tell Nigerians that i would be spending N81MIllion to cut grass so that there would be no rats and grasscutters, what do you think of their response? The same press would condemn such action as waste of money and  misplacement of priorities”, Akanji said this declaration  was made at a public  function. 

“It is therefore  unethical, mischievous, unprofessional and unfair to twist the statement to suit the interest of the writer”.

The Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, which sits on a 43- hectare of land   needed government attention for many years until the Minister convinced business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, to rehabilitate it, and, according to the minister’s aide, work is on-going and expected to be completed early next year.

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