Foremost Gaming Company Premier Lotto is to maintain the three components it rehabilitated at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, for two years.
This was revealed on Friday at the National Stadium during the handover of those rehabilitated facilities to the ministry of Sports.
Ken Nwankwo who represented the Chairman of Premier Lotto, Chief Kesington Adebutu, at the brief ceremony said it was with pleasure that that Premier Lotto handed back the facilities – a modern tartan track, new electronic scoreboard and a lush green natural grass football pitch.
Nwankwo stated that the outfit would ensure the three components the company worked on under the ministry’s adopt-a- pitch initiative would remain in good state in the next two year and the company would discuss further with the ministry on other things to be done in future.
Nwankwo said, “It was an easy decision for us to support the ministry because we are also working with the Nigeria Football Federation on a four year deal. We are happy to have done these at the stadium here in Surulere and we will do more in future.
“Our boss, Chief Adebutu, supervised the procurement because he wanted the very best quality in all things.”
In his own remarks, the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, thanked Premier Lotto and expressed delight over the three facilities delivered.
Dare said: “If the previous administration have been working on three or four different areas in the past, the stadium would have been fully back by now.
“We will play a novelty match here soon and an athletics event with few fans will also come up here. Government is a continuous process, we are happy to have started the revival of this great edifice and we expect the next administration to continue from there.”
Four former Nigerian athletics greats were on the track for a 50m race to ‘launch’ the newly laid tartan. They were Mary Onyali, Deji Aliu, Otonye Iworima and Femi Daramola.
Onyali said she was impressed with the new tracks which according to her is better than the old one.