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Facilities used for Eko 2012 still in good state

24 April 2013, 13:39

Lagos - The officials in charge of the facilities used for the 2012 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos, tagged Eko 2012, have promised to continue to maintain them to prevent dilapidation.

The sports fiesta held between November 27 and December 9.

The managers of the facilities made the promise when correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) went round them on Wednesday, five months after the Games.

They said their maintenance was imperative because of the huge funds spent in installing them.

The check by NAN showed that most of the facilities were in good condition, as they were frequently maintained by the state government.

The facilities visited are the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere,; the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka; Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH); the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Yaba and the National Stadium, Surulere.

At the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the swimming pool was in good condition and maintenance officers were seen cleaning the pool and adding chemicals to make the water clean.

The main bowl of the stadium, the volleyball courts and the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall were all in good condition, though the squash courts were under lock but the surroundings were neat.

Although, some of the toilets have lost their key handles, but they still looked neat and cleaners engaged for their cleanliness were at work at the time of the visit.

The Manager, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Okanlawon Lawal, told NAN that the facilities had been given up-to-date maintenance for them not to deteriorate.

"The state government spent so much on these facilities and will not watch them deteriorate; that is why they have been maintaining them frequently," he said.

At the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Yaba, the basketball, volleyball and tennis courts were also in good state and had hosted several competitions since the festival ended.

The weightlifting, wrestling, judo and traditional sports gymnasiums were still in good shape and athletes were seen training with the modern equipment procured for the fiesta.

The spokesman for the State Sports Council, Bashir Agunloye, told NAN that the complex had continued to host various sporting events with athletes besieging the place daily for training.

At the National Stadium, the renovated Knock-up Hall, as well as the open pitch for traditional sports, were being maintained and used for training by athletes.

The weightlifting gymnasium at the stadium was under lock, to prevent miscreants from vandalising the water closet and misusing the place.

At YABATECH, the halls of residence used by state contingents still wore good looks, which showed that the school authorities were maintaining what was bequeathed to them by the Games.

The sports facilities used for the Eko 2012 are also in good shape, but the grass of the football pitch at the college was overgrown with weeds.

Sports facilities and hostels at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) were also in good condition.

The venue which hosted Abula, a traditional sport, the volleyball courts and the Indoor Sports Hall used for judo and kickboxing, are well maintained.

However, NAN could not reach the authorities of the institutions for comments on how they felt about the facilities which were renovated for them during the Games by the Lagos State Government.



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