Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Wednesday, said his administration would refurbish facilities damaged by the last rainstorm at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
He stated this during an inspection tour to the damaged facilities of the stadium in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, where he also revealed that some of such facilities would be overhauled and upgraded.
The governor, who was taken round the damaged facilities by the Asst. Director of sports facilities, Victor Edokpayi, said the inspection became necessary following the damage to some facilities at the Stadium to strategize on how the facilities could be fixed.
“We are here to inspect the damage done to some facilities. We can see some of the rooftops blown off by the rainstorm. The rooftop of the swimming pool and the gymnasium were totally blown off. The facilities here need total overhauling”.
Governor Obaseki, accompanied by his deputy, Hon. Philip Shaibu and the SSG, Barr. Osarodion Ogie, said his administration would refurbish the facilities in the stadium particularly the swimming pool section and some other damaged sections such as the judo hall and indoor sports complex that were damaged by the rainstorm.
He said the facilities in the stadium need to be improved upon to get more of the younger ones interested and involved in sporting activities.
On the duration of the refurbishment, the governor disclosed that a consultant would be invited immediately to carry out an assessment and evaluation of the damage to the facilities, after which the project would take off.