The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared intentions to partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to upgrade the 5,000 capacity car park at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello, said that the Moshood Abiola Stadium, being one of the greatest edifices in Abuja, was designed in a way that it would complement other activities of the city.
He expressed optimism that when the work is completed, it would address the traffic gridlock usually experienced at the expressway during occasions at the stadium.
According to him, “The President has encouraged horizontal communications among ministries and I have been in contact with my colleague in the last few weeks…I’ve explained to him that the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja is one of the greatest edifices here and it was designed in a way that it will complement other activities of the city. So we have deliberated and agreed that we are going to upgrade and bring back the 5,000 car park into use.
“Whenever there is a function at the stadium, there is a serious gridlock in the expressway and that was never the intention. The intention was that each facility will serve its purpose without disrupting other activities of the city.
“Each time I come here, I marvel by the kind of work that was done by our predecessors. It is our duty now to maintain this facilities and make sure that there are put to use not only during occasions.
“This is what we intend to do and I can assure you that within the next few months, gradually and steadily, we would work together to make sure that this edifice is really a place that we will be proud of in Abuja and the whole Nigeria.” Mallam Bello said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr Sunday Dare, said that the work would be extended beyond just the car park to the reviving of the National Stadium.
“We started discussion on how to use the 5,000 capacity car park but it extended further than that as we discussed about this National Monument (Moshood Abiola Stadium) and how to bring it back to life.
“It’s the kind of linkages that Mr. President told us to work ministry by ministry and see how we can partner particularly to see how we can bring back abandon infrastructure and also to create wealth and jobs for the people. I think it is the kind of partnership that would work,” he said.