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Minister Urged To Revisit Eviction Of Businesses From National Stadiums

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The minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare, has been urged to rethink his decision to evict all the businesses at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

Former chairman of SWAN, Lagos State chapter, Fred Edoreh and veteran sports broadcaster, Effiong Nyong, made call in a spate chats with OURTIMESSports, described the eviction of thousands of businesses at the National Stadium, after several months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic – mid-2020 – as a rude shock and too hard to bear, saying few of the victims have died in depression, while others have remained stranded and groaning in penury.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had insisted that many of the structures were illegal, ramshackle and outside the original plan of the stadium, saying it was embarking on the cleanup and renovation of the facility, possibly to prepare it for concession.

But Edoreh argued that the spaces were allocated to the business owners and the structures and businesses approved by the stadium management and, in some cases, signed MoUs with the ministry’s directorate of facilities.

The minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare, has been urged to rethink his decision to evict all the businesses at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

Former chairman of SWAN, Lagos State chapter, Fred Edoreh and veteran sports broadcaster, Effiong Nyong, made call in a spate chats with OURTIMES Sports, described the eviction of thousands of businesses at the National Stadium, after several months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic – mid-2020 – as a rude shock and too hard to bear, saying few of the victims have died in depression, while others have remained stranded and groaning in penury.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had insisted that many of the structures were illegal, ramshackle and outside the original plan of the stadium, saying it was embarking on the cleanup and renovation of the facility, possibly to prepare it for concession.

But Edoreh argued that the spaces were allocated to the business owners and the structures and businesses approved by the stadium management and, in some cases, signed MoUs with the ministry’s directorate of facilities.

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