By Victor Okoye
Abuja, Sept. 8, 2020 Godwin Bamigboye, Chairman of FCT Chapter of Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA), on Tuesday called for an urgent solution to the challenges of dearth of sports facilities in the territory.
Bamigboye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that there was the need for urgent intervention by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello.
“The minister has to step in to ensure there is good provision of sports facilities for inhabitants of the FCT.
“The Abuja Sports Centre, popularly known as the Old Parade Ground, and the Area 3 Football Field are the only public facilities that serve the teeming population of youths in FCT.
“Also, there is the burning issue of abandoned stadium projects in the Area Councils which have been a source of concern to us.
“It’s our utmost desire and prayer that these projects are given attention and completed in good time,” he said.
Bamigboye however regretted that the global COVID-19 pandemic had affected the economies of nations, including Nigeria.
“But the FCT Administration (FCTA) still needs to execute the construction of the stadiums in phases, in view of the economic realities.’’
The NFCA FCT chapter chairman also advised that land earmarked for sports should be reserved for sports as specified and not diverted for other purposes.
“The FCT Master Plan must be protected from being distorted,” he said.
Bamigboye disclosed that FCT-based football coaches would be resuming their campaign for a reversal of autonomy for sports.
“We will pursue this cause relentlessly, until when sports administration is reverted to its former structure of Sports Council.’’
He stated further that the Area Council Chairmen must ensure that sports were given the necessary attention since they played a significant role in the lives of youths.
Bamigboye also commended the Federal Government for its approval of resumption of sports activities nationwide, saying it was a welcome development.
He appealed to all sports stakeholders to observe the protocols as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“The FCT football coaches association will also be embarking on a number of post COVID-19 activities in order to help athletes resume sports activities and restore them fully,” the chapter chairman said.