The Minister of Information and Communications, Mr Labaran Maku has expressed excitement over the quality of job being done on the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium under construction by Governor Chibuike Amaechi led-administration in Rivers State, describing it as a great asset not only to Rivers State but to the entire nation
The minister, who led the Good Governance Tour team to Rivers State, made the remarks yesterday at the stadium during the teams’ tour of projects in Rivers State.
Maku who regretted that the chances of Nigerian hosting the Olympic Games was being marred by the unavailability of stadia that meet Olympic standard, said the Amiesimaka stadium in Rivers State has raised hope of Nigeria in hosting Olympic Games.
The information minister who fielded questions from journalists after Governor Amaechi took the team round the stadium said, this is a very standard stadium under development that can be used for Olympic games.
He said sports in the present time was attracting so much money such that Nigerians must invest heavily on sports but regretted that the lack of standard sporting facilities was denying the nation the national earning desired in view of the vast potentials the country possesses on sports.
Maku commended Governor Amaechi for putting in place such high quality stadium to meet the needs of the state and the nation at large.
Governor Amaechi took the team round the stadium, saying virtually all necessary sports in the world could be done in the stadium which has the capacity to accommodate 38,000 persons.
Apart from having facilities to contain all sporting activities, the governor said it has 500 public toilets, two Olympic size swimming pools.
The governor also explained that the stadium cost N24billion while the entire complex cost the state N31billion and when completed, would create employment opportunity for more Rivers people and Nigerians and help reduce crime in the society.
Earlier, Maku and his team who was received at the state Government House yesterday morning, explained that the essence of the tour round the nation was to showcase what development democracy had been able to provide for Nigerians, stressing, that it provides a forum for Nigerians to ask leaders pertinent questions agitating their minds.
He assured that the team would be neutral and non-partisan, adding that the team was made up of journalists both local and national as well as civil society organization.
The minister who disclosed that the team arrived the state after visiting Cross River, remarked that Rivers State was strategic to the national economy in view of its leading position in the oil and gas , and as the centre point of the South-South geo-political zone.
Among the projects visited yesterday in the state by the Good Governance Tour Team were the monorail, Kelsey Harrison Hospital, the Dental & Maxillo Facial Hospital, Ada George Road, a Federal Government Road being constructed by the state as well as Obiri Ikwerre Inter change on East-West Road, another Federal Government concern also being handled by the state.
Other projects visited were ongoing projects at the University of Port Harcourt including the Cancer Treatment Centre at University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Syringe Manufacturing Plant, state-owned Primary Health centre at Abalama in Asari Toru Local Government Area, Fish farm in Buguma, new public schools and health centres constructed by the present administration.