The Edo State Government has moved to allay fears that it plans to change the name of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, saying, unequivocally, that there it has no such intention.
A statement from the Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa, on Saturday, assured that the name “Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium” remains because it was so named in honour of the revered late Dr Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia in recognition of his unparallel contributions to sports development in the old Bendel State, adding that it will be a disservice for any government to contemplate changing the name.
According to him, the misinformation resulting from the misquoting of the state Deputy Governor, Right Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, from a live interview granted the Channels Television last Thursday night.
He explained that in the euphoria that followed the promotion of Bendel Insurance Football Club to the elite division of the Nigerian Professional Football League after over a decade in relegation, the Deputy Governor enthused that the “Samuel Ogbemdia Stadium will be named the Home of Bendel Insurance.”
This was misrepresented as saying that the legendary Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium will be renamed “Bendel Insurance Football Club Stadium.”
The statement gave assurances that the present administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki is determined to return the lost glory of Edo State in sports development in line with the vision and mission of the late Samuel Ogbemudia for Edo State.
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