Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia
Abia State government has concluded plans to concession a section of Enyimba International Stadium, Aba as part of its ports development program.
The Commissioner for Sports, Chinwe Nwanganga disclosed this when members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Umuahia, the state capital.
Nwanganga announced that the section would be used for building of a shopping mall, recreation and events center and multi-storey parking space.
According to him, the move is also aimed at scaling up the Internally Generated Revenue of the state in the face of decline in its statutory allocation from the federation account.
He said in pursuit of the program the government had released N70 million for talent-hunt for 60 athletes from across the 17 local governments of the state for nurturing and training.
Speaking on the on-going renovations at the stadium, .the commissioner, who assured that the job would be completed in the next two months, described sports as a money-yielding venture.
Nwanganga said sports development had been slow in the state due to lack of facilities and training equipment, adding that the government had taken steps to address the challenges.
The one time chairman of Enyimba International FC, Aba used the forum to solicit the cooperation of the chapter for the ministry and government.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the chapter Vincent Obike said the visit was part of the ceremony marking the 55th anniversary of the association across the country.
He assured the commissioner of the preparedness of the members to assist and partner the government in achieving its sports program.