Dalung commissions newly refurbished National Stadium Swimming Pool, concessioner to maintain facility

The Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung on Friday commissioned the newly refurbished National Stadium Swimming Pool abandoned many years ago to host the 2nd Africa Junior Swimming Championships.
The commissioning of the pool constructed to host the 1973 All Africa Games but abandoned for about 18 years ago was once again  hosting a major competition.
Dalung told sportstalkafrica,com that the constant use of the facility is to guide against abandoned or moribund adding that in order to guide against this, the pool would be concessioned.
“I want to challenge the federation to put to use this complex so that it will not return to where it was when I came on board.
“The management of this complex will be handed over to the private sector so that whatever proceed that is realised can be used to maintain the facility.
“This we are going to monitor carefully so as to ensure that the younger generations benefits from this heritage.
“i am specially joyful as this pools came alive, not only because the last time it was used for any competitive event, but because it is been resuscitated after close to two decades, he said.
In his opening address, the President Aquatic Federation of Nigeria (NAF), Babatunde Fatai-Williams said, it was heart-warming to host the event once again after the first edition which was held in Akure.
“Nigeria hosted the 1st edition of this championship in Akure, the Ondo State Capital in 2012. Unfortunately, the next edition scheduled for 2014 could not hold.
“The event was suspended due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa that year. We are therefore back in Nigeria for the second edition.
“This championship is the first one to be held at this magnificent refurbished National Stadium Swimming Pool Complex which is just reopened after being closed since 1999.
“We will ensure that this facility is well maintained so as to preserve it and ensure that it produces many international swimmers that will do our nations proud.
“Also over the next three days, another generation of swimmers, young boys and girls aged 12 years to 16 years from various countries in zone two will demonstrate their swimming skills here.
“In doing so, they will make new friends that they may be meeting for several years to come at various continental and international championships.
“We wish all the participating teams all the best in their various events,” he concluded.

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