The governor of Kastina State, Alhaji Bello Masari will on Friday, September 30 commission an 18,000 seater stadium in Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
The Special Assistant to governor Udom Emmanuel on Research and Documentation, Mr Nduese Essien disclosed this on Thursday while conducting journalists around the facility.
He said the stadium in Eket will reduce the pressure on the nest of champions in Uyo as the DAKKADA football club, one of the state owned club will be playing their home matches in Eket stadium as well as other clubs.
Essien noted that the inauguration will be preceded by a novelty football match between the state owned Akwa united football club and Katsina United football club as the two states were created same day September 23rd 1987 by Ibrahim Babangida’s administration.
He added” The governor had promised to ensure that the youths do not only see sports as leisure but a serious business to earn a decent living. This stadium will expose our youths early to befitting Sporting facilities that will enhance their talents in readiness for the bigger competition”
Essien who acknowledged that before the intervention of the governor, sporting activities in the area have been grounded, expressed happiness that the youths of Eket and all the adjourning areas will have good facilities to boast their talents before making it into the big league.
He said “The new Stadium will also reinvigorate sporting competition among schools in the senatorial district with youths competing on high standard tartan tracks with suitable sports kits as the days youths running on sandy field with bare foots are gone”.
The governor’s aide expressed confidence that the facility would boost the economy of the State
‘Already as you can see, the arrival of the stadium have activated commerical activities around the entire area with the commencement of several businesses, building of new hotels and hospitality centres and moreso emergence of new network of roads because of the traffic of people and tourists to the area.