Akwa Ibom Government has signed a 10-year contract with Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for the maintenance of Akwa Ibom International Stadium billed for commissioning by President Goodluck Jonathan on November 6.
Governor Godswill Akpabio stated this Thursday when the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and his team inspected the new stadium constructed and completed by Akpabio administration in the state.
Commending the existing construction company for the speedy realization of the project, he remarked, “I must commend Julius Berger and congratulate the leadership of the new NFF President. This project is our modest contribution towards athletics and the game of sports. The stadium is built with sophisticated facilities and its a project that has challenged governance in Nigeria”.
“So, I call on NFF to use the stadium in the best way to give Nigeria a good image and I must let you know that training pitches are available in the state for athletics”, he enjoined.
Speaking earlier, the President of NFF, Mr. Pinnick, had described the stadium as majestic, amazing with architectural edifice and the first of its kind in West Africa, stressing that the project is trendier, a pride to the Country and West Africa.
He assured that NFF would partner the state government for realization of international sports to be played in the stadium, and called for the maintenance of stadia in other states and the need for other states to emulate the development achievements of Akwa Ibom State.
Mr. Pinnick, who hinted that the match between Nigeria Vs. South Africa would be played at the stadium on November 19, this year, and stressed that the project was long lasting, appealing to next administration of the state to name the stadium after Governor Godswill Akpabio.