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Commission to flush out illegal occupants at National Stadium, Lagos

09 February 2013, 09:29

Lagos - The National Sports Commission has set up a task force to flush out illegal occupants at the National Stadium, Lagos.

They comprise 25 operational units, which would identify and flush out all those that illegally set up homes in the complex.

Tayo Oreweme, Liaison Officer of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos that the unit heads had been positioned to monitor movements of athletes within the stadium environment.

According to her, the idea is to stop athletes from sleeping in some hidden corners within the complex.

"We now have our men on ground to stop them.

"We have also identified all the hidden corners in the stadium where some of them practically reside and we want to stop them, so that they can go home after training’’.

The liaison officer said that a notice on training schedules had been placed at the entrance into the facility for all athletes to comply with, to avoid any form of embarrassment.

According to her, the morning session holds from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. while the evening session holds between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

"This is the time we expect to see athletes and coaches carry out their routine training. They should not have any reason to hang around after these scheduled times,’’ she said.

Oreweme warned coaches and athletes to henceforth carry identity cards, to ascertain their genuineness.

He said the essence was to differentiate between the real sports persons and miscreants who posed as athletes.

"Some come to the stadium pretending to be coaches and athletes and at the end, we find out that they do not even have any business with sports.

"So, we feel the only way out is for the sportsmen to have identity cards to confirm their purpose in the stadium,’’ she said.

She noted that the authority was dedicated to maintaining the facility, particularly ensuring the cleanliness of the environment.

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