The immediate closure and renovation of Bako Kontagora Stadium, to meet specification of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been directed by Gov. Umaru Bago of Niger.
Malam Danjuma Mansu, member of the renovation committee, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna
He said the closure and renovation would last six weeks which after would be inspected by officials of NFF, to enable Niger Tornadoes FC play their home matches.
“For the past five years now, Niger Tornadoes team have been playing their matches outside the state; now we want to avoid the stress they go through to travel outside the state to play.
“This will also reduce cost and risk, especially for people that travel with the team to watch them play as the governor believes that is the ideal thing to do,” he said.
He said the renovation committee was headed by Mr Abubakar Sadiq, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Mansu said other members of the committee were Chairman of the state Revenue Board and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports Development.
According to him, the renovation is in fullfiment of the campaign promises of the governor to meet the yearnings of the people to watch the team play at home.
He disclosed that the maintenance would be done at the cost of N40 million which would serve as alternative before the completion of the ongoing new stadium.
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