April, 22 2023.
The National Stadium Surulere, Lagos will be temporarily closed, due to the collapse of the floodlight.
Sports Minister Sunday Dare, made this known after inspecting the collapsed floodlight mast and the remaining standing floodlights. Speaking to his media team immediately after the Honourable Minister inspected the stadium, he ordered the closure of the stadium.
“Thank God there was no casualty. I also inspected the 3 other light masts & the effects of age & weather elements were visible, clearly, they are also suspect after 51 years.
"Based on my assessment, advice of experts and in the interest of public safety, will be the temporary closure of the stadium and surrounding facilities, proper assessment and necessary action will be taken soon.
"The concession process towards fully privatizing the Surulere stadium which began last year will be expedited by the Federal Government through the ICRC, towards a comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrade of the 51 years old edifice.
We have decided to err on the side of caution, hence the decision to impose extensive restrictions around the stadium. We request the cooperation of anyone who this decision may inconvenient, as we cannot (ascertain) the reality on ground", Dare concluded.