AS Delta State prepares to host the 2018 Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA), Senior African Athletics Competition in Asaba in August, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has assured that the Sephen Keshi Stadium, venue of the championship, would be ready in July.

The governor who spoke during an inspection of the stadium yesterday in Asaba, expressed satisfaction with the pace and level of work at the stadium, stating, “ that there is an appreciable increase in the pace of work at the site; a lot of coordinated work is going on as you can see. I will visit again next week, and I hope we will be talking of the finishing by then. I believe the stadium will be ready first week of July.”

Senator Okowa charged Nigerians to pray for the success of the national team, the Super Eagles, as they participate in the forthcoming 2018 .Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Russia which kicks off today.

Senator Okowa explained that the utilisation of the stadium will announce itself to the outside world and attract a lot of international sporting activities, adding that the state was grooming young athletes in local sporting activities and they will utilise the equipment in the stadium.

“We are recruiting the young ones in the different sporting activities in the state and we want to groom them from this tender age; this is the stadium we will be using when it is completed. It is of international standard and will also attract international competitions”, he said, stressing that “A team has been put in place to help manage traffic during the Senior African Athletics Competition in August as a lot of side roads leading to the stadium have been tarred and will be used as outlets for vehicles.”The governor also inspected construction work at the new General Hospital in Asaba, expressing dissatisfaction at the pace of work and charged the contractor to increase the pace of work, to meet up to the time schedule.

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