The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kaduna State Government on the custody and management of the 25, 000 capacity Ahmadu Bello Stadium by the State.
The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare alongside the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, signed the MoU weekend at the Council Chamber, Government House, Kaduna.
The handing over ceremony follows the visit of the Governor to the Minister last week in Abuja to finalise arrangements on the processes for handing over the facility to the State for its rehabilitation and management.
At the event, the Minister stated that ceremony was in realization of the policy objectives of Adopt-a-Facility initiative by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration.
Dare expressed optimism that the Kaduna State Government will develop and effectively manage the sporting facility for the benefit of the 19 Northern States and Nigeria adding that State-of-the Art sporting infrastructure is the backbone of sports development in every country of the world.
He therefore called on other stakeholders and sports loving individuals to join hands with the Federal Government with a view to developing sporting infrastructure across the country so as to provide our teeming youth with the opportunity to showcase their sporting talents, thus contribute to the socio-economic development of Nigeria
Also speaking, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai assured that his administration would ensure the rehabilitation of the facility, not only to enable the teeming Nigerian youth showcase their talents but also boost revenue generation for the State.
The occasion witnessed a novelty football match between Team Dare – Bonanza and Team El-Rufai which ended in 2-1 in favour of the Governor’s side.
From Left: Ex Super Eagle player, Daniel Amokachi, Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru ElRufai and other stakeholder at the signing of MoU weekend in Kaduna