We’ll upgrade Lekan Salami Sports Complex to world class status — Makinde

first_imgThe Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, on Thursday kicked off the remodelling of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Ibadan, stating that the Complex will be upgraded to a world class standard.The governor, who stated this at the main bowl of the stadium, while flagging off the project, said his administration will continue to walk its talk, matching policies with actions. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the contract for the remodeling of the sports complex was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited at a total cost of N5,580,001,151:62k.The governor stated that the project will be funded through the Alternate Project Funding Approach, which entails that the contractor will fund the project, while the state will repay the contractor over a period of 29 months.He said: “The contractors, Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited, have given us the assurance that the project will be completed in 18 months.“By God’s grace, in the next 12 months, coronavirus would have left us, and we will have the opportunity to sit here, in this stadium, fully remodelled and watch my team, the 3SC, beat their opponents, live!“So Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns, 12 months is 12 months. “No delays and you have to do a quality job that the people of Oyo State will be proud of.“This is another step in the right direction, positioning Oyo State to attract investments.“I hear some people are already saying we should slow down, but I am here to tell them that this is not the time to even think of slowing down.“Our administration is here to grow Oyo State and to make sure everyone in our beloved state feels the real dividends of democracy.“When the history of this place was being traced just now. “They flagged off this facility 44 years ago.“It was commissioned 32 years ago and I came here once to watch a 3SC game and, at half time, I went to the changing room to talk to and encourage the players, but I could not believe what I saw: players sat on the bare floor.“And I asked myself: is this where we want to mould world-beating athletes?“So, I said ‘no’.RelatedPosts Oyo: Only 7,000 out of 67,000 applicants for teaching job scored 50% in CBT Makinde: Alternative Project Funding Approach working for Oyo State Makinde installs new Alamodu of Ago-Amodu “I felt for both the players and the crew.“After that, I decided to, on my own, visit this place and looked at all of the facilities that we have in here.“They were all in a state of dilapidation.”Governor Makinde, who declared that the remodelling project was another step in the direction of positioning the state to attract greater investments, said his administration would not be deterred by criticisms and that it would ensure that every resident of the state feels the real dividends of democracy.He added that for the state to attract the right investments, it must raise its game in terms of infrastructure and matching what obtains in other places, saying that this is the path his administration has been toeing, which is responsible for its attention to fix roads, install street lights and invest heavily on infrastructure and security.He said: “Oyo State has had a rich sporting history.“Back in 1963, the first World Boxing title fight in Africa was held here in Oyo State.“We were able to host that fight and benefit from all the tourism revenue because we had the facilities to do so.“And so we are remodelling this sports complex now, so we can reap the benefits in  Internally Generated Revenue.“If there was a call for cities to host a national sporting event today, can Oyo State boast of having the facilities?“The answer is no.“So, in Oyo State, we cannot attract investors without the right infrastructure.“If we are telling people to leave wherever they are and come here, we should be able to give them what they are benefiting where they are or even more.“If we keep saying Oyo State is ready for business, without the right infrastructure in place, they will tell us they like our policies, but they want to see better facilities.“So, we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that whenever investors come calling, we are ready to receive them and make them stay.“And that means we must match our policies with action.“We have already told them there will be no multiple taxation and that we will not wake up and impose random taxes on them.“They can see that this is true.“We have also promised that they will not spend hours in traffic, we are keeping our promise by investing in road construction and rehabilitation.“We are putting street lights all over the place.“We also have to match the tourism and recreational facilities that they have in other places.“If the government can provide facilities that are comparable to those those in any part of the world, then we can be sure that all our talents and youths will have somewhere to come to.“And we will discover more talents and we will have more record setters coming out of Oyo State.“And this is why we are here.”Earlier, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Seun Fakorede, said the remodelling is essential for the growth and survival of Sports and the engagement of youth productively.Fakorede noted that the remodelling will attract international focus and change the economic fortune of the state, through hosting of national and international sports tournaments.In his remarks, the Managing Director of Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited, Adeleke Olanrewaju, said the benefit which Lekan Salami will bring to the state will be unquantifiable through talent development and others, adding that the remodeling of the stadium will also boost the IGR of the state.Olanrewaju said: “In the present day, stadium facilities can generate incomes.“For example, the hosting of a national sports festival can bring in as much as N7 billion.“The hosting of a national cup will also bring in as much as N10 billion.“Some of these funds go directly into the government purse, while a larger percentage goes into the local economy to stimulate it.”—Tags: Lekan Salami Sport ComplexOyo StateSeyi Makindelast_img read more

With Legends Classic title, Orange finally beginning to live up to early hype

first_img Published on November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Jim Boeheim wanted to answer one last question. There were things left unsaid.Seated at the Boardwalk Hall podium, he scanned the assembled press in Atlantic City, N.J., for any further inquiries about his team’s Legends Classic championship. He would make sure everything was cleared up, even if he and the press were told — urged — by a tournament employee that the press conference was over.With the one final question, he cleared the air about Syracuse’s performance through six games. He attempted to do it after he was asked about his comments after Syracuse’s second game, when he called the Orange ‘overrated.’ Once more he cleared the air about what he meant then and where he feels the team is now.‘I said that (we were overrated) four games ago,’ Boeheim said. ‘I just said what was obvious. Well, when we haven’t played well, we have won. We haven’t played well for five games, and we managed to win the five. Tonight we did play well, and that was the difference.’That was the big difference. With the end of the two-game tournament in Atlantic City, N.J., Boeheim and the Orange players felt SU took strides in playing like a Top 10 team. But more specifically, with the 80-76 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday, Syracuse basked in the first performance of the young season in which SU believed it played up to its talent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was what was expected out of the Thanksgiving weekend trip. Boeheim and the SU players said it would be the first true test of the year.The No. 8 Orange (6-0) will look to build off that performance Tuesday while hosting fellow 2010 Central New York NCAA Tournament team Cornell (2-4) at 7 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange and the Big Red both reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year, as Cornell lost to No. 1-seeded Kentucky in the Dome.But it’s a game that comes for SU light-years away from the 86-67 win over Canisius on Nov. 14, when Boeheim called the Orange overrated.At the crux of that: After the five games with which Boeheim wasn’t pleased, SU found a rhythm, especially offensively. A successful offense was the paramount step off the two tussles against major conference teams. SU shot 48 percent over the weekend after entering the games shooting 40 percent — and 32.6 percent in first halves.For SU guard Scoop Jardine, Saturday’s win was much simpler, though. It was just that — a win.‘It’s a win, we get better from it,’ Jardine said. ‘We learn from it.’With the matchup against the Big Red, Syracuse will have to learn against a similar inferior opponent like the four SU faced to start the season. Cornell is a shell of the team that last appeared in the Dome. It lost four starters from last year, along with head coach Steve Donahue. The sole returning starter is junior guard Chris Wroblewski, who is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game.Unlike Cornell, Kris Joseph is professing that this year’s incarnation of SU is a team without just one go-to player. He was happy with the Legends Classic title, calling it a ’10 out of 10′ as SU won the way he expects to win this year. Not by blowing out teams but by playing a physical, balanced, competitive brand of basketball.‘We are going to have to fight till the end,’ Joseph said. ‘And one thing I found out about us is we have a lot of heart. … That’s one thing we are going to need to do throughout the remainder of the year. Keep fighting.’SU fought enough for the win. But after the game, the scene of Boeheim not at the podium but in SU’s locker room hinted at the fact that he said SU still has a ways to go.Void of almost all of the press, Boeheim’s sons smiled and kidded as they coddled the Legends Classic trophy. Around the locker room wall, though, their father slumped in a chair with an entourage of a half-dozen people circling him. He was tired from the weekend.There is more that needs to be done, and he said that.‘This was a tremendous tournament for us,’ he said. ‘But we have certainly got to play better.’aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Friends remember Dana

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventActor Darryl “Chill” Mitchell, who became paralyzed in a motorcycle accident years ago, said he drew inspiration from the Reeve family. Others who attended included Robert Kennedy Jr., Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong and Matthew Broderick, who said the service was “very emotional.” Barbara Walters, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre were among the celebrities paying tribute to Dana Reeve at the singer-actress’s memorial service Monday. “She had a light within her that was captured by the way people talked about her today, especially her son and stepchildren,” Clinton said after the private service. “She was one of the most exceptional people I have ever known. It was a very fitting tribute.” Reeve died of lung cancer at age 44 on March 6, a year and a half after the death of her husband, “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve. Reeve had devoted herself to her husband’s care and became an activist in the search for a cure for spinal-cord injuries. Will, Reeve’s son, and his half-siblings Matthew and Alexandra, Christopher Reeve’s children, appeared arm in arm outside the New Amsterdam Theatre before the memorial service. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more