Bayelsa to expedite work on Samson Siasia Stadium
The Bayelsa State Government has promised to immediately release funds to contracting firms involved in the renovation of the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa.
The firms were hired to lay a new organic fibre turf on the football pitch of the stadium and to create tartan tracks.
The state’s Commissioner for Sports, Ebikitin Diongoli, said all problems bedvelling the stadium including the poor drainage system at the exterior part of the complex would be addressed. He regretted that the development had compelled football teams of the state to play their league matches in the neighbouring states. He assured that the football teams would soon return to play their home games at the stadium.
Diongili spoke in Yenagoa when the contractor and Managing Director of MoniMichelle Sports Facilities Construction Company, Mr. Ebi Egbe and the representative of the FIFA-rated Organic Fibre Turf company, Limonta Sports, paid him a visit.
He said the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson was focused on completing the project to encourage sports tourism through organisation of local and international matches.
Earlier, Egbe said the Italy-based company, Limonta Sports, was handling the laying of the organic turf. He said the company had given a pass mark to the stone base and internal drainage required to lay the turf.
Egbe said that the football pitch would be ready within 11 weeks adding that “MoniMichelle as a company works within FIFA-approved specification”.
“Dickson is trying with the opening of the state to the international community. We that are in the sports sector must key in and open up sports tourism”, he said.
Egbe, however, expressed worry over the poor drainage system and blamed food vendors outside the stadium complex for dumping into the drains constructed by the state government.
“The drainage outside the stadium is bad. The state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has done his best and constructed a befitting road network with proper drains but the people have failed to keep it clean.
“If we don’t get the drainage system outside the stadium right, FIFA may not approve the ongoing renovation being done. The drainage is key to the project because we want to woo FIFA and the international sports community to Bayelsa State.”
On his part, the representative, Limonta Sports company, Mr. Florin Lemonta, commended the state government for its decision to raise the standard of the facilities in the complex and gave a pass mark to the stone base of the football pitch done by MoniMichelle.
Lemonta however called on the Bayelsa State Government to expedite action on the clearing of the blocked drainage outside the stadium complex as it may destroy the world-class organic fibre turf expected to be laid.
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