More than three weeks after revealing that the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja will be renovated by Foremost Nigeria businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote work is yet to commence.
The minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare on 7th November, 2019 told journalists in Abuja that the African richest man promised that work will start in about one to two weeks.
Some coaches who spoke with www.aclsports.com said this is another era of political statements by public office holders
An academy coach based in Abuja (name withheld) disclosed that nothing has been done since the sports minister’s revelation last November.
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He advised the minister not to reveal promises made to him by sports philanthropist or politicians until tangible moves are made.
He said, “When the news broke that Dangote will be renovating the Moshood Abiola football pitch and the scoreboard, we were full of joy but it is unfortunate that this is another political statement from the minister and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
“The minister must know that we are in a country where people make promises when they are happy and fail to fulfill or implement them especially in the sporting sector”. Sunday Dare has a good heart but he should not make promises at all sporting events or in his releases because the environment is not yet conducive for such statements.
Another coach pleaded with Nigeria businessman, Aliko Dangote to extend his hands of fellowship to sports the same way he does to the entertainment industry, agricultural sector and Internally Displaced Persons.
He said, “Alhaji Aliko Dangote is known for his kind gestures and various investments in Agriculture as well as encouraging the entertainment industry. Sports is not recreational but business; sports have brought glory to the nation more than any other ministry and I wish he could invest in sports”.