On a recent tour to the Stephen Keshi Stadium project site, to have an on-the-spot view on the spate of work done so far, the executive Governor of the State, H.E. Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa was optimistic that the project would be completed in record time, long before the commencement of the 2018 CAA Competition at Asaba.
He expressed satisfaction with the contractors, who according to him had kept with pace and ensured that the quality of the job was not compromised; however, he encouraged them to speed up the entire work process.
He opined that the event was a blessing to the entire State because it would serve as an avenue to showcase the world class standard edifice to the entire world.
He further reasoned that with the CAA Competition as a test-event of the entire facilities in the stadium, there would definitely be an open door for more and bigger sporting competitions to be hosted in Delta State. Still speaking, he laid credence to the fact that, Delta State being a deposit of budding sporting talents, the stadium would present a standard edifice for practice and local competitions.
Still speaking on the extent of preparation for the CAA Competition, the Governor said that a team had been put in place to assist in maintaining orderly traffic movement, emphasizing that various side roads around the Stadium have been tarred to ease vehicular and pedestrian movements all through the period of the event.
Taking a detailed look at the structure and having seen its dilapidating state before the advent of the incumbent administration, one is left to wonder if this was actually the project that previously lacked any insignia of ‘Beauty’.
The 9-Lane standard track, in-built warm up section, fibre roofing and Cladding of the entire outer covering of the stadium are first of its kind in Nigeria.
The standard foot ball pitch (110mX72m), natural green grass in the field, modern dressing room, different Marching-in sections for Home and Away team and media centre are all landmark initiatives which could only be found in either Abuja or Uyo stadiums.
Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa is a man with midas touch. Everything he does demonstrates excellence and perfection. In the Stephen Keshi Stadium, he has once again demonstrated that his vision for a new Delta cuts across every policy initiative and sectoral implementation.
Patriot Dantes Odogwu