Alao-Akala lauds Makinde for remodelling Lekan Salami Stadium

Alao-Akala lauds Makinde for remodelling Lekan Salami Stadium
Oyo State Governor, Seyi MakindeWuzupNigeria

Former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala has commended the incumbent, Seyi Makinde,for remodelling the Lekan Salami Stadium Complex in Adamasingba, Ibadan.

He applauded the governor at the inauguration of the remodelled stadium on Wednesday night in Ibadan.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was also on hand to unveil the plaque and officially open the complex at about 6.15 pm.

Alao-Akala, who is a chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state, commended Makinde for remodelling the stadium to a befitting edifice.

He further advised the governor to ensure that maintenance of the remodelled complex was given utmost priority.

“If I am to give any advice, I will just say they should permanently give this facility to someone to maintain.

“Our maintenance culture is very poor.

“So, for it not to deteriorate and get out of hand again, we have to engage somebody who will continually maintain it,” the former governor said.

Alao-Akala said he was at the event as an elder statesman, who had also served the state in such a capacity.

The former governor said he owed the state a duty of participating in anything that has to do with the development and progress of the state.

Also, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, who represented Oyo Central Senatorial District in the Senate, commended Makinde’s efforts at remodelling the stadium.

Sunmonu said that the stadium would not only provide a platform for nurturing talented youths but boost the state’s revenue base.

“This is a gigantic project, which I believe, would boost the IGR of the state.

“We will have footballers and teams coming from different countries for their international matches in Ibadan,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents and sports enthusiasts across the 33 local government areas of the state thronged Adamasingba in their thousands early in the day.

In the evening, they defied the heavy rain to catch a glimpse of the new face of the once-abandoned stadium.

Among the dignitaries at the event were Atiku, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki of Edo, former Gov. Rashidi Ladoja.

Others were Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Mr Segun Odegbami and hosts of ex-internationals.

NAN reports that the inauguration featured an international friendly match between the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), also known as Oluyole Warriors, and the NK Tabor Sezana, a Slovenian League side.

The match played on Wednesday night under the glittering floodlights and amidst downpour, ended 4-0 in favour of the host, Oluyole Warriors.

NAN also recalls that the development plans of Lekan Salami Stadium, formerly known as Adamasingba Complex, began in 1976 during the administration of Retired Gen. David Jemibewon, as the Military Governor.

The sports complex built on 130,000 square metres of land, formerly occupied by Ibadan Race Course, was opened on May 28, 1988.

It is the home base of 3SC and was renamed in 1998 as Lekan Salami Stadium in honour of Chief Lekan Salami by the then Military Administrator, Col. Ahmed Usman.


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