Africa’s richest businessman, Aliko Dangote has matched words with action as renovation works have started at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
According to Adeola Adenuga, an engineer at the company carrying out the refurbishment of the main-bowl of the stadium, the job is expected to be completed in 24 weeks.
Apart from the playing turf, a brand new scoreboard as well as the irrigation system of the complex are to be overhauled before the facility will be offered for use by the national teams.
Billionaire philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, had adopted the facility following a discussion with Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who introduced the Adopt-a-Facility initiative to corporate entities and worthy Nigerians.
Speaking while receiving the handing-over documents from the Minister, the representative of the Dangote Group, Engineer Mansur Ahmed, said the rehabilitation work worth one million dollars was awarded in recognition of the dominant role of Nigeria in world football and the need to put the edifice to good use.
Similarly, Philanthropist, Chief Keshington Adebutu has also agreed to invest N500 million to fix the football pitch and tartan tracks of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
The stadium has been abandoned for close to 18 years.