OrderPaperToday– Chairman Senate Committee on Youths and Sports Obinna Ogba has called for the privatization of the Lagos National Stadium if the Sports Ministry was not willing to reactivate its operations.

Ogba disclosed this on Thursday when the Ministry, led by its Permanent Secretary Chinyeaka Oha appeared before the Committee to defend its 2016 budget appropriation.

Ogba frowned at the absence of the Youths and Sports Minister Solomon Dalong at the budget defence and charged the Ministry not to allow the stadium go to waste.

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He insisted that the Lagos National Stadium should still be functional since huge fund was spent on its construction to rival its contemporaries across the world..

“Allowing that huge amount of money to be wasting that it is not good for us, it is not good for the country. Instead of allowing it to waste like that is better that we privatise it that is what I have said about the National Stadium Lagos.

“Go and check the year it was built, it was built in 1972 or thereabout the same with that of Munich and up till today they are still making use of that stadium in Munich. Why can’t we make use of our own here in the country?,” he queried.

The Senator who also expressed displeasure at the zero budgetary allocation for youth empowerment, said that the committee and indeed the Senate would allocate money for youth empowerment.

“We are going to make sure that they don’t have zero allocation. The President mainly brought a proposal. It becomes a budget when the National Assembly has approved it.

“So we are still going to do something about it: if there is any sector that is supposed to get huge amount of money it is the youths. We need to develop the youths of this country and there is no way we leave them with zero allocation,” he said.

Ogba also disparaged the poor allocation to the Nigerian Football Federation but however didn’t disclose any plans to increase it.

The committee thereafter charged the Ministry to make available the budget breakdown for the Rio Olympics 2016.

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