BY DENNIS UGBUDIAN
As the deadline for the inauguration of Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City looms, the various renovation works at the stadium have been intensified to ensure that the project is delivered on agreed date.
When Newstimesafrica visited the site, workers of Peculiar Ultimate Consult, The company handling the reconstruction, were seen taking care of the various aspects of the project.
The work generally has reached 80 percent completion as some of the major works of the project have been executed.
The replacement of the artificial grass with a natural grass has been completed. The roofing of the stadium and replacement of the seats are currently ongoing, and are likely to be completed within the next few days.
Also, the path for the tartan track has been landscaped preparatory for laying.
The only areas experiencing delays are the renovations of the indoor sports hall, swimming pools and other facilities at the stadium, but works have reached advanced stage.
Speaking to Newstimesafrica, one of the workers at the site who spoke anonymously, said :The stadium is being upgraded to a world class and FIFA standard. A FIFA standard kind of pitch, grass and roofing,, as well as world class tartan track.
“We are not just roofing the VIPs stand alone but also the popular sides, which will be attractive to spectators. As you can see, we have reached 80 percent completion of the project. So, by the time we are through, you will see a brand new stadium comparable to anyone anywhere else in the world.”
Newstimesafrica gathered that the stadium was supposed to have been delivered in April and the attendant inauguration, but right now, it has been tacitly shifted to May.
See photos of the stadium below
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