Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youths and Sports Development has revealed that the ministry needs the sum of 81 Million naira to cut the grass in the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
According to the Daily Trust, Dare made this known while speaking at the one-day seminar organised by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter. He also disclosed that the estimate was by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
However, he stated that the funds are not presently available and he knows that there would be an outcry if the he mentions it to Nigerians. Apparently, the Minister seems not to be in support of the ‘billing’.
“We approached AEPB to come see what can be done to clear the grass and weed in the stadium and they told us it will cost us N81m.
“If we tell Nigerians we used N81m which is not even available, there will be an outcry. The funds are not really there for us and that is why we are partnering with private investors to bring back the key components of our infrastructures,”
Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted to the news, many of which have slammed the Minister for the estimate.
“I think we are keeping quiet for too much this is why all of these nonsense keep happening repeatedly how can you say you need 81m to cut ordinary grass at Abuja stadium? Please live it the stadium is useless for now matches can be played in Akwa-Ibom stupidity in govt.”
“If it will take Sunday Dare N81 Million to cut grass in Abuja stadium how much will it cost him to cut the grass in Sambisa Forest? N4Trillion! #EndBadGovernanceinNIGERIA”
“Is it not same type of grasses we cut in our school and also at home? Are they using foreigners to cut the grass? Isn’t the cost of ₦81m too much when Nigeria is presently on recession? @NigeriaFMYS @SundayDareSD”
“The same Abuja stadium is being renovated by Dangote. So, I believed the renovation will include the clearing of the grasses. Why is Sunday Dare in need of N81 million? Why is it that when this people get appointed, they become nuisance?”
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