Sports Minister Decries Deplorable State Of Abuja Swimming Pool
Bamidele Fashube, ABUJA, Nigeria (GVE) – NIGERIA’S Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has decried the deplorable state of the Abuja National Stadium swimming pool.
The Minister who paid an unscheduled visit to the swimming pool section of the Stadium on expressed displeasure with the under-utilization of the pool which is now turned to a breeding pond for tadpoles, fish-lings and frogs.
Dalung queried why the pool was left in its present state after so much money was spent to construct the facility.
“I understand that since 2003 when this swimming pool was built, it has not been used for any competition. Why has this government facility been left to deteriorate to this level after 15 years of building it?” the Minister queried.
In his response, the Deputy Director of facilities at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Arch. Gambo Ahmadu explained that there were no competitions and therefore no swimmers to make use of the pool.
Gambo also stated that new pumping machines and treatment chemicals were needed to change the water and make it functional.
“We need filters, additives and pumping machines to get the pool back in good condition but the problem is that there are no athletes to make use of the facility.”
The Minister however requested for a budget to put the facility back in use to be sent to him in the next 48 hours.
He also inspected the offices and charged them to keep it clean.