Atiku, Serving Govs, Ex-Govs Storm Ibadan To Unveil Lekan Salami Sports Complex
Former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku, chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and his Edo State counterpart, Governor Godwin Obaseki, will join the governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, to officially unveil the remodelled Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, tomorrow.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, a former military administrator of Oyo State whose regime initiated the stadium Major General David Jemibewon (rtd), are expected at the event.
Also a former governor of the state and the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja and a former Super Eagles coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, are among other notable Nigerians expected to grace the occasion.
According to a statement by the media aide to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the event will feature a novelty match between ex-Shooting Stars players, 94/98 set and ex-Super Eagles players 94/96.
Also slated for the event is a friendly match between the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and NK Tabor Sezana, a top Slovenian league side.
The statement maintained that three popular musicians, Teni, Taye Currency and QDot, will perform live at the unveiling ceremony.
Taiwo Adisa added that the remodelled Lekan Salami Stadium is coming to life exactly one year after it was awarded to Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited through the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA).
He said the project included the remodelling of the mainbowl, construction of a state-of-the-art media centre and a FIFA-standard studio with equipment, construction of FIFA-standard mixed zone, including changing rooms, wet rooms, match officials’ rooms, referees’ rooms, doping control room, youth centre/ball boys’ room, clinic and others.
The new Lekan Salami Stadium is completed with modern floodlights, a remodelled Squash Hall, a new 50 metres by 30 metres multipurpose hall for Basketball, Volleyball, Handball and gymnasium as well as a Centre Court.
Speaking during the award of the project, Governor Makinde had maintained that the remodelling of the stadium was targeted at repositioning the state to attract investments, especially in the lucrative sports sector.