Ogun Govt To Renovate Dilapidated Muda Lawal Stadium ... Rejuvenate Gateway Utd For Promotion To NPFL - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ogun Govt To Renovate Dilapidated Muda Lawal Stadium ... Rejuvenate Gateway Utd For Promotion To NPFL

Ogun State Government has assured football fans and other stakeholders of its readiness to renovate the dilapidated Muda Lawal Stadium in Asero, Abeokuta, the State capital, to enable it regain its past glory in the history of sports in the state 

Asero Stadium which is famous for being home ground to the defunct Abiola Babes Football Club in the 80s', has been in complete state of disrepair, despite being 
named after the then Green Eagles' legend, Muda Lawal 

The State Commissioner for Sports Development, Hon. Wasiu Isiaka who expressed the commitment of the Abiodun's administration to renovation of the stadium during his meeting with  members of the Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter, led by its Chairman, Mr. Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, also says plans are underway by the State Government to give necessary support to the Gateway United Football Club (GUFC), to gain promotion to the elite division of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) after more than 12 years in the second tier, Nigeria National League 

"It is high time GUFC gained promotion to the professional league", he stated 

 Isiaka opined that the move would give the Club the much needed pedigree, thereby aiding its marketing potentials, assuring that the State Government would ensure that the GUFC achieves success in all ramifications.

He charged SWAN members to collaborate with Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration to revamp the Sports sector in the State, saying it has a multiplying effect on almost all sphere of human endeavour, such as youth development, agriculture, economic development and many more.

 "The Governor has charged us to look into how we can run an effective Sports Ministry. His body language is positive towards the development of sports, that was why he created the Sports Development Ministry, to show that he is very interested in sports". the Commissioner said

Earlier in his address, Mr. Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, pledged the support of the Association as partner in progress, calling for a Public-Private Partnership for GUFC, for better performance of the team, so as to gain promotion to NPFL, saying the government needs to work on developmental football in GUFC and other football academies to nurture young talents to global status.

While soliciting for the support of the State Government on the renovation of the SWAN Secretariat, which he said would also serve as the Media Centre for the upcoming National Sports Festival, he pleaded with the Commissioner to resuscitate the Principals’ Cup, GATIG, Governor's Cup and other secondary school games, saying the competitions will help reduce cultism and other social vices in schools.

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