Posted by Godwin Onyemaechi
Former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku, Chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and his Edo State counterpart, Governor Godwin Obaseki, as well as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, will today join Oyo State Governor ‘Seyi Makinde to unveil the remodelled Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
Other notable Nigerians expected at the event are a former Military Administrator of Oyo State during whose regime the Lekan Salami Stadium was initiated, Gen. David Jemibewon, former governor of the state and the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, High Chief Rashidi Ladoja and a former Super Eagles coach, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, said the event will feature a novelty match between ex-Shooting Stars players 94/98 set and former Super Eagles players 94/96 set, as well as a friendly match between Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and NK Tabor Sezana, a top Slovenian league side.
The statement said Teni, Taye Currency and QDot will perform at the unveiling ceremony, adding that the remodelled Lekan Salami Stadium is coming to life one year after it was awarded to Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Ltd through the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA).
Adisa said the project included the remodelling of the main bowl, 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 said the remodelling of the stadium was targeted at repositioning the state to attract investments, especially in the sports sector