The Lagos State Government has started the construction of five stadia and 50 sports/recreational centres across the state, the Director General of the sports commission, Adewunmi Gbolahan Ogunsanya, has revealed.
Ogunsanya, who spoke in his office on Friday, also revealed that the state has started building a high-performance center in Epe to place it in good stead to produce athletes of international standard.
He said the five stadia would be located at Badagry, Ikorodu, Alimosho and Maracana (Ajegunle), adding that the recreational centres would be of Campos Square model.
Ogunsanya also revealed: “We are building a sports centre at the Lagos State University (LASU), to cater for athletes from Ojo and Badagry, who have been complaining that Rowe Park and Teslim Balogun Stadium are too far away from them.
“We have started building a database of every athlete that has featured in any event in Lagos and their performance because we believe that with such database we can monitor them and know those we can work on to attain international standard.”
The director general revealed that the sports centres and stadia “will have standard tartan tracks, football fields and standard indoor halls.
“However, the other facilities would be situated according each zone’s areas of strength to ensure that they build on what already exists in their areas.
“Already, we have three prototypes of facilities to choose from and as we move on, we would choose the ones that would be beneficial to the state.”
Ogunsanya disclosed that the high-performance centre in Epe would be built on a 35-acre piece of land, which already has some of the amenities required for such a facility.
“We want it at a reserved area where there will be no distraction and unnecessary inflow of people to disturb the activities.”