Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote is partnering with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to renovate the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
This was revealed in a tweet on Thursday night by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, who thanked Dangote and his group of companies for the support.
In the tweet, Dare explained that the move is towards the success of a programme tagged Adopt-A-Pitch Campaign, through which, elsewhere, the Minister had projected that in a year’s time, Nigeria would be able to host any global tournament.
Many thanks to Dangote Industries and indeed Alhaji Aliko Dangote for partnering with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to restore the football pitch and score board of the Moshood Abiola National stadium. Our Adopt-A-Pitch Campaign program is on course. pic.twitter.com/6N8quFf7DQ
— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) November 7, 2019
“Yes, Abuja is coming back up,” Dare told reporters in Abuja on Thursday.
“Already we have gotten Dangote, I can say that he has agreed to bring back the Abuja football pitch, the light and score board. Work will start in another one week or two weeks.
“And we will use the same model, we will adopt the pitch model for several of our stadia. Atleast, the three other big ones.
“We are looking at between now and March we should have four big stadia, football pitches, FIFA standard.
“And I think if given time, within a year this country should be ready to host virtually any FIFA soccer tournaments.”
The Abuja National Stadium, launched open in 2003, was recently renamed in honour of late Chief MKO Abiola, who is considered Nigeria’s hero of democracy.