The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said that the transformed Olympic-size swimming pool at the National Stadium in Lagos will be part of the achievements in sports to mark President Muhammadu Buhari’s one year in office. THIS DAY reports.
The minister gave the hint on a recent inspection visit of the facility on which he ordered resumption of rehabilitation immediately on assumption of office.
“I am indeed overwhelmed by the level of work. We can safely say the swimming pool has been completed. All that is left is just final touches for us to commission the project for Nigerians to begin to use it. The contractor has lived up to expectation and has defended his integrity. He may not have made monetary profit but money cannot buy the name he has made here,” Dalung said.
“In maximum two weeks, we should be through with the issue of the swimming pool so that it can be part of our celebration of one year in office.”
On the use and maintenance of the pool, the minister indicated that it will not be business as usual as it was in the past.
“This pool has been left unattended for the almost 20 years. We have not completed it for it to be returned speedily to status quo ante. We must ensure that this facility is put to maximum use. It must be well managed, kept neat and maintained. Anybody that is found culpable with regards to the maintenance of the facility should is to face stiff sanction.